Radio station reports that newspaper has agreed to ID anonymous website commenters

WJBC
An Illinois company wants to know who posted comments to The Pantagraph’s website alleging that the company knew of unsafe working conditions before a nearby building collapsed. “Court documents show the Pantagraph has agreed to reveal the true identities of ‘toldyouso’ and ‘The One.’ … The Pantagraph’s privacy policy warns users that the company won’t protect their privacy in legal disputes,” Beth Whisman reports. Although Gary Sawyer, regional editor for Lee Enterprise’s properties in central Illinois, told me Monday that Lee’s legal department hadn’t reached a decision, he said Tuesday that he was mistaken. || Related: Federal court rules that Topix isn’t liable for defamatory content that a user posted on its website (Street Fight) || Earlier: Cleveland.com embraces its anonymous commenters (NetNewsCheck) | Advance Internet settles lawsuit after Plain Dealer outs judge as anonymous commenter (Poynter.org) | St. Petersburg Times says county commissioner had been posting to newspaper’s website under pseudonym (St. Petersburg Times)

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  • Anonymous

    To add to this I have spoke with an attorney about the Pantagragh releasing my personal information to a man that claims to have ties with the mob in Chicago, do I beleive that ,no! However plenty of people go in and make comments on articles and upset the other party. How far will this go now if you give a bad review or God forbid speak the truth. Now you are subject to your personal information being handed over to the person you just made a comment to. Games are on!