The decision, which involves the question of whether peer-to-peer vehicle marketplace Turo is immunized by § 230 from liability for users’ unauthorized activity at Boston’s Logan Airport, is the first significant ruling from Massachusetts’ high court on the scope of § 230’s protection.
Is Compelling Social Media to Moderate According to First Amendment Standards Consistent with First Amendment Principles?Jeff Hermes
Justice Clarence Thomas issued a separate concurring opinion questioning whether public officials could be held to First Amendment standards with respect to conduct on social media sites owned and operated by private parties who are not themselves subject to the First Amendment.
MLRC deputy director thinks through non-fungible tokens.
A Delaware court has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former Trump 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page against Yahoo News and HuffPost concerning articles about the U.S. intelligence investigation into Page’s contacts with Russia.
The Eighth Circuit determined that an elected Missouri legislator did not violate the First Amendment when she blocked a constituent from her Twitter account because she operated it “in a private capacity, namely, as a campaigner for public office,” and, thus, not “under color of state law.”
If passed, the Act would dramatically change the landscape of online liability.
Biden: How to Deal with the Plight of the Press; Was De-Platforming Trump Warranted; and Choosing Sides in the Dominion Libel CasesGeorge Freeman
MLRC Executive Director reflects on the challenges facing president Biden, big tech deplatforming former president Trump, and how the media bar might consider a worthy defamation suit.
Professor Wu on regulating online harms, his role on the Facebook oversight board, and more.
Conditioning 230 immunity on opening yourself up to legal liability under consumer protection law is a Rube-Goldberg-esque legal contraption intended to do what the First Amendment clearly forbids: forcing websites to host user-generated content they find objectionable.