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In light of recent events I would like to know if a Jew may own and operate a blog or website which is open to comments if it is found that comments can often contain lashon hara, rechilus or motzei shem ra. Is there an obligation to moderate and remove comments that the owner feels violate those issurim?

Would such a site/blog run afowl of injunctions not to perpetuate sin(ners?) such as m'saiyah l'yideh avaira (helping the hand of sin), not placing a stumbling block before a blind person, kol yisroel areivim (all Jews are guarantors one for the other) etc.?

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Can you suggest why you think it might be prohibited? – Double AA Apr 26 '13 at 1:34
And regardless, even if the comments were to maintain lashon hara, etc., you're still able to moderate them and eliminate comments you feel may violate your halakhic obligations. – Avi Apr 26 '13 at 4:16
May a Jew speak in a public forum or hold a public position (like rabbi), when it is found that community members can often speak lashon hara, rechilus or motzei shem ra? – Seth J Apr 26 '13 at 13:03
@DoubleAA m'saiyah l'yideh avaira, lifnei eiver, kol yisroel areivim... and any other issue which prevents you from being complicit in another person's sin. – not-allowed to change my name Apr 26 '13 at 13:04
@SethJ, there are halachic issues about speaking when it is likely that others will come to speak loshon hara. – Yirmeyahu Apr 26 '13 at 14:44

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