Another Court Says Section 230 Applies to Retweeting--Holmok v. Burke

Another Court Says Section 230 Applies to Retweeting–Holmok v. Burke

Holmok teaches at Lakewood High School. Virag tweeted: “When I was in his engineering class, I had been a part of a few reports filed against him. Some being racial and some being sexist. Nothing was ever done.” Burke retweeted…

Will California Eliminate Anonymous Web Browsing? (Comments on CA AB 2273, The Age-Appropriate Design Code Act)

Will California Eliminate Anonymous Web Browsing? (Comments on CA AB 2273, The Age-Appropriate Design Code Act)

I’m continuing my coverage of dangerous Internet bills in the California legislature. This job is especially challenging during an election year, when legislators rally behind the “protect the kids” mantra to pursue bills  that are likely to hurt, or at…

Will California Clone-and-Revise Some Terrible Ideas from Florida/Texas' Social Media Censorship Laws? (Analysis of CA AB587)

Will California Clone-and-Revise Some Terrible Ideas from Florida/Texas’ Social Media Censorship Laws? (Analysis of CA AB587)

[Note: this is the first of what may become a 3 or 4 part series about anti-Internet bills moving through the California legislature.] This post analyzes California AB 587, self-described as “Content Moderation Requirements for Internet Terms of Service.” I…

Quick Links from the Past Year, Part 5 (Free Speech)

Russia * NYT: Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants. The US government should more aggressively condemn “landing laws” as a violation of free speech? * Wired: Russia Blocks Facebook and Twitter in a Propaganda Standoff * Bloomberg: Russia Steps…

Quick Links from the Past Year, Part 4 (The Algorithms; Facebook)

[Shoutout to all of the dads out there! 🎉] The Algorithms * What would happen if FB turned off its newsfeed algorithm? In February 2018, a Facebook researcher all but shut off the News Feed ranking algorithm for .05% of…

Content Moderators’ Lawsuit Over Traumatic Work Fails Again–Aguilo v. Cognizant

This case involves Cognizant, a business process outsourcer (BPO) that performed content moderation work for Facebook. (Cognizant has since exited the field). In 2021, a federal court dismissed a putative class action lawsuit against Cognizant for trauma experienced by the…

Anti-Cyberstalking Statute Must Be Read Narrowly to Keep It Constitutional--U.S. v. Yung

Anti-Cyberstalking Statute Must Be Read Narrowly to Keep It Constitutional–U.S. v. Yung

I’m blogging this in part because of the shocking facts. Ho Ka Terence Yung really wanted to attend Georgetown Law. He did an alumni interview that went poorly and was rejected soon after. (Yung ended up attending UT Austin). Blaming…

Facebook Moderator Defeats Defamation Lawsuit Over Termination Explanation--Margolies v. Rudolph

Facebook Moderator Defeats Defamation Lawsuit Over Termination Explanation–Margolies v. Rudolph

This is a case in the #MeToo genre. Rudolph runs a “private” Facebook group called The Green Lounge with about 14,000 members. Margolies was a member and made in-group connections with substantial commercial value to him. On June 3, 2020,…

Quick Links From the Past Year, Part 1 (CCPA and Privacy)

Quick Links From the Past Year, Part 1 (CCPA and Privacy)

[My approach to quick links is obviously not working very well. C’est la vie.] CCPA [Since I’ve got some CCPA links, it’s an excuse to resurrect the dumpster fire meme. Remember, the CPRA meme is the rolling van on fire.]…

Uber Isn’t Liable for Rapes Committed By Fake Drivers–Doe 1 v. Uber

Rapists pretended to be Uber drivers, picked up women under false pretenses, and raped them. As the court summarizes, “Jane Does seek to hold Uber liable for failing to warn them about or implement other measures to protect them against…