So holds the Connecticut Appellate Court in Vazquez v. Buhl (Conn. App. Ct. May 13, 2014), applying the federal 47 U.S.C. § 230 statute. Here’s what apparently happened:
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
The Connecticut court concluded that NBC was acting as a “provider … of an interactive service,” that the linked-to-article was “information provided by another information content provider [Buhl]” (even in the absence of evidence that Buhl had deliberately submitted it to NBC or Carney), and that therefore NBC couldn’t be “treated as the publisher or speaker” of such information for libel purposes. So while Buhl could in theory be sued for any alleged libel — she had been, though plaintiff “withdrew the action as against her” — NBC couldn’t be.
Thanks to Abnormal Use for the pointer.