Just catching up on some back listening and heard the bit on section 230 and wanted to take a minute to drop you a note. IANAL, however the woman in the office next to mine is. She travels the country for our company and does seminars on fair housing. Since she is something less than highly technical I keep up with more current news than she does (or at least more quickly) and we often discuss cases like this one and the one against Craigs list a while back. The thing when it comes to FHA legality is it is an overruling law that can take precedent over other laws. Also in the case of roomates.com they stepped over the line by providing segregation thats illegal under FHA. The FHA laws can be rather draconian and prevent a good deal but a good rule of thumb to follow is this. If you have a space to rent offer it, dont say anything about your neighborhood, demographics, or your roommate preferences. When you interview roomates, if youre a single woman and dont want a bodybuilder taking up half the living room with weights thats your prerogative, however you cant ever say that because thats against the law. Where roomates made their mistake is those categories take them out of content provider status. To be a true content provider you need to provide a forum, a bullitien board, whatever, and never in anyway scrutinize the content.
The minute you editorialize the content you loose your content provider status and are now liable for all content. Thats why internet providers for example dont filter newsgroups based on content because it would put them in the position of an editor and they would then become responsible for all the content on their news server. Along those lines I have thought it interesting that nobody has taken up this torch in the past with Comcast and their bandwidth shaping/blocking of p2p.
Keep up the great work!