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

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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)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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