The perils of hosting political content in the UK

Original article in full by @indigojo_uk at blogistan.co.uk 

I’ve not written about the ATOS issue here as many others have covered it adequately and I won’t start now; this is more about the dangers of hosting political content of any sort in the UK. Put simply, if you are running a web hosting service in the UK, you are liable for any defamatory content that is on your servers, exactly as if you were a newspaper owner. The customer is probably paying you a small amount, say £5 a month, so you can afford to lose their business more than you can afford the costs of legal action; the plaintiff will find it easier to sue you than your customer, who is unlikely to have the means to pay and may well have given you a false name and address. So, from the customer’s point of view, it would only take one lawyer’s letter to get your site shut down, at least temporarily until you remove the “offending” content. Remember, it does not matter to your host if it is true.

On a personal note: political content or not, my professional recommendation to friends and potential clients has always been to use non-UK services. Having researched many, only handful have made my preferred list. I also agree with the author of this article that free or cheap is never an ideal option and especially for Activists and Campaigners. It’s worth investing in your campaign by using good quality services, with careful attention paid to the terms of use.

~ @CreativeCrip / @IconicImagery

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