America Online (AOL) was sued for providing wrong information about Ben Ezra, Weinstein, & Co.'s stock. AOL was not considered a content-creator simply by editing stock quotations or corresponding with a third-party provider to correct errors. Because third-party companies "alone created the stock information at issue," AOL could not be held liable for defamation when it displayed the stock quotes on its site.
Ben Ezra, Weinstein, & Co. v. America Online Inc., 206 F.3d 980 (10th Cir. 2000)
Type of online publisher:
America Online (AOL) quotes and portfolios page
Publisher's Role in Third Party Content:
Edited and corresponded with third party providers of stock quotation information to correct errors
CDA § 230 applicable?:
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