I wrote to WP, explaining the situation, and expressing the hope that they would do nothing without a court order should I fall foul of Atos (I didn’t think I would, as I’ve taken great pains not to be libellous – one can be extremely critical without doing so – but like CarerWatch, I could have been dropped in it by a comment).
This is their reply:-
Thank you for getting in touch.
We greatly respect our users’ rights to free speech, and unless we receive a valid court order requiring content to be removed or find that it clearly violates our Terms of Service, we will allow it to remain. We like to leave any judgments of content (in terms of defamation and the like) to the courts.
Furthermore, if a court order is received, and content is required to be removed, you will absolutely have the chance to remove said content and continue publishing on our service.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
— Anthony WordPress.com
So, if your blog has been trashed by Atos, or you feel you might be at risk, you could clearly do a lot worse that consider WordPress.com. Bear in mind, though, that if you recklessly, or carelessly,** set out to libel someone, as has actually happened with Atos, and they go to law, you’re screwed.
And no, I don’t mean CarerWatch – that was just staggeringly gutless on the part of their hosting service.