A blogger is immune from defamation claims stemming from anonymous posts that appeared in the moderated-comments section of his website, a common pleas court judge has ruled.

Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony S. Beltrami ruled March 31 in Mezzacappa v. O’Hare that, under the Communications Decency Act, blogger Bernie O’Hare could not be held liable for statements anonymous posters made on his blog, even though the website and comments section was moderated.

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