Latest Linkwrap on FOSTA's Aftermath

Latest Linkwrap on FOSTA’s Aftermath

Some FOSTA-related links that have accumulated over the past few months: Lucy Kahn, “Against FOSTA/SESTA: One Canary’s Cry From Inside the Coal Mine“ Now that FOSTA/SESTA has been voted into law, I’ve literally seen my advertising platforms disappear before my…

Facebook Defeats Alabama Injunction for Lack of Jurisdiction–Facebook v. KGS

This case involves an allegedly “predatory” adoption. As usual with custody disputes, the facts are heartbreaking. The birth mom agreed to place her unborn baby into adoption, but then changed her mind. The adoption court eventually awarded custody to the…

Private Publishers Aren’t State Actors–Manhattan Community Access v. Halleck

[Eric’s note: this post has two parts. First, I recap the opinion and its implications. Then, Heather Whitney revisits as a guest blogger with a different perspective.] Part 1: Eric’s Comments This case involves local cable access, but it has…

Court Declines to Dismiss Data Breach Claims Against Facebook Based on Access Token Incident--Bass v. Facebook

Court Declines to Dismiss Data Breach Claims Against Facebook Based on Access Token Incident–Bass v. Facebook

This is a data breach lawsuit against Facebook. Judge Alsup denies Facebook’s motion to dismiss, although he does find that Facebook’s contract disclaimer (likely) neutralizes numerous contract-based claims. Background: Facebook announced a vulnerability that allowed third parties to obtain “access…

Want Companies to Comply with the CCPA? Delay Its Effective Date (Guest Blog Post)

Want Companies to Comply with the CCPA? Delay Its Effective Date (Guest Blog Post)

By guest blogger Jeff Kosseff [Jeff Kosseff is an assistant professor in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department.  The views expressed are only his and do not represent the Naval Academy, Department of Navy, or Department of Defense. …

Your Periodic Reminder That Facebook Isn’t a State Actor–Williby v. Zuckerberg

This is my fourth blog post on a social media “censorship”/deplatforming ruling in 11 days (see also Fyk v. Facebook, Murphy v. Twitter and Brittain v. Twitter). This litigation tsunami is taking place even though these cases have absolutely no legal merit….

The Plaintiff Is Probably Pissed About Section 230--Fyk v. Facebook

The Plaintiff Is Probably Pissed About Section 230–Fyk v. Facebook

[I’ll blog an analysis of Sen. Hawley’s bill attacking Section 230 soon.] Jason Fyk created Facebook pages “dedicated to videos and pictures of people urinating….Plaintiff alleges that Facebook blocked content posted by Plaintiff and removed content in order to make…

Linkwrap on Sen. Hawley's Bill Attacking Section 230

Linkwrap on Sen. Hawley’s Bill Attacking Section 230

As you probably saw, Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a new bill, “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act,” targeting Section 230. The associated press release. Like most Congressional bill names, the title is a complete misdirection. Of course private entities aren’t…

Twitter Gets Another Significant Section 230 Win in Lawsuit by Suspended User--Murphy v. Twitter

Twitter Gets Another Significant Section 230 Win in Lawsuit by Suspended User–Murphy v. Twitter

Murphy had about 25,000 Twitter followers. She repeatedly referred to a trangendered female as male in her tweets. Twitter suspended her account for “misgendering.” After more negative interactions between them, Twitter permanently banned Murphy. Murphy claimed that Twitter changed its…

[Statute of] Queen Anne’s Revenge? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Allen v. Cooper

[Statute of] Queen Anne’s Revenge? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Allen v. Cooper

By guest blogger Tyler Ochoa If your literary or artistic work is copied by a state government or state officials, can you sue those defendants for copyright infringement?  Section 511 of the Copyright Act says that you can, but conventional…