The user submits a #, submits a behavioral review- and other users who search for that person via # can see the review and also review. The # isn’t public it is hidden on the back end. Could this cause a potential legal issue. We are only the platform of which the users post, not the actual publishers.
There have been several attempts at similar businesses in the past and each one of them has failed. There is probably a reason for that. As far as legal liability, you are correct in that you will probably be able to rely upon certain immunity as a published. However, that would be a defense to a litigation, not immunity from suit. Every time you were sued or subpoenaed in an action, you will have to spend substantial legal fees to defend the suit, even if it will be eventually dismissed, and those fees will not be reimbursable to you.
You need to discuss your business model with an Internet attorney.
There will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. In my experience, working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.
I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link here for your convenience: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/legal-steps-to-opening-a-new-e-commerce-website-app-or-blog
You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.
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