Study finds Internet trolls unaware of libel

According to a new survey, about half of all Internet users would support a voluntary code of conduct for bloggers and commentators. Code of conduct? Sounds like lawyer talk. And indeed, the research was conducted by legal firm DLA Piper, who found that 32 percent of bloggers back the idea, with 34 percent opposed. They didn’t contact AdFreak — a snub that alone makes the survey highly suspect. Anyway, DLA determined that 75 percent of Web users who posted comments are unfamiliar with libel laws. Which means you can probably get away with referring to three-fourths of the world’s commenters as Satanic child molesters. Feel free to comment and share your views on an Internet code of conduct — while you still can. It’s not like you’re legally accountable for what you post. Or are you? (Actually, you are, but don’t tell the Satanists.)

—Posted by David Gianatasio