The end of anonymous comments may have started with a $434 court ruling

There are no zeros that were omitted from the judgment number. An Estonian court ruled that a news agency was responsible for damages from anonymous comments on their website to the tune of $434. This may have a domino effect as a precedent that collapses the concepts of allowing anonymous comments altogether.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has issued a decision that anti-censorship campaigners say could spell an end to anonymous website comments in the EU.

The judgment came through on Thursday in the case of Delfi AS v. Estonia. Delfi is an Estonian news site that had been found liable by a court in that country for offensive comments posted by anonymous users under one of its stories – it went to the ECHR claiming this violated its right to freedom of expression, but the human rights court disagreed.

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