I want to make public a website I've been working on where people can rate local businesses. But how do I prevent myself or my company from getting sued if my users leave reviews containing false information? What kind of protections should I look into?
Section 230 of the Computer Decency Act gives the website owner a "safe harbor" from the actions of their posters. You would not be the one who is liable - the poster would be.
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.
This post is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice specific to you. This general information is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney in your jurisdiction. The attorney client relationship is not established by this post.
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