Section 230 Protects Retweeting--Banaian v. Bascom

Section 230 Protects Retweeting–Banaian v. Bascom

[I’m forestalling more analysis of the Texas social media censorship law until we get some clarity on what happened and what’s next.] A student hacked the school website and added scandalous content about a teacher, Debbie Banaian, a/k/a “Banaianator.” [Aside:…

Minnesota Wants to Ban Under-18s From User-Generated Content Services

Minnesota Wants to Ban Under-18s From User-Generated Content Services

As part of an omnibus bill, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a troubling bill restricting how under-18 users engage with user-generated content (UGC) services. [At the bottom of this post, I’ve included the text as passed by the Minnesota…

COVID Skeptics' Anti-Jawboning Lawsuit Fails--Changizi v. Department of HHS

COVID Skeptics’ Anti-Jawboning Lawsuit Fails–Changizi v. Department of HHS

Yet another COVID denier lawsuit over getting kicked off social media. These cases seem endless. On the plus side, these plaintiffs didn’t sue Twitter for deplatforming them. Instead, they directed their fire solely at the Department of Health and Human…

COVID Skeptic Loses Lawsuit Over Account Terminations--Hart v. Facebook

COVID Skeptic Loses Lawsuit Over Account Terminations–Hart v. Facebook

Both Facebook and Twitter restricted Hart’s account access due to various posts over COVID, masking, and other culture war issues. Hart sued them for violating the First Amendment. You can guess how that went. The court says they are not…

Twitter Defeats Trump's Deplatforming Lawsuit--Trump v. Twitter

Twitter Defeats Trump’s Deplatforming Lawsuit–Trump v. Twitter

In July 2021, Trump sued Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for terminating/suspending his accounts. At the time, I made a 6-step prediction for how the lawsuits would go: Step 3 in the Twitter case, the transfer from Florida to California, occurred…

Constitutional Challenge to FOSTA Fails--Woodhull v. US

Constitutional Challenge to FOSTA Fails–Woodhull v. US

The EFF is leading a constitutional challenge to FOSTA. The district court initially rejected standing, but the DC Circuit reversed that decision in 2020 and found standing for at least two plaintiffs. On remand, the district court rejects all of…

Account Suspension Lawsuit Against Twitter Survives Motion to Dismiss--Berenson v. Twitter

Account Suspension Lawsuit Against Twitter Survives Motion to Dismiss–Berenson v. Twitter

This case involves Alex Berenson, a one-time NY Times reporter who drifted into #MAGAland. On Twitter and elsewhere, Berenson downplayed the risks of COVID and questioned the safety of the COVID vaccines. Unlike most Twitter users, Berenson was high-profile enough…

Section 230 Helps Facebook Defeat Lawsuit Over Scam Ads--Calise v. Meta

Section 230 Helps Facebook Defeat Lawsuit Over Scam Ads–Calise v. Meta

The plaintiffs allege that Facebook runs third-party ads for scammy third-party merchant websites. One plaintiff claims a merchant didn’t send the ordered goods as described. Another plaintiff claimed that a merchant never sent any goods at all. The plaintiffs sued…

Another Failed Lawsuit Over Facebook's Content Removals--Brock v. Zuckerberg

Another Failed Lawsuit Over Facebook’s Content Removals–Brock v. Zuckerberg

Facebook allegedly removed 30+ of the plaintiff’s posts. The plaintiff sued Facebook for constitutional violations and other claims. The district court dismissed the lawsuit. The Second Circuit affirms. State Action.┬áBrock argued that Facebook is a state actor because it is…

Catching Up on a FOSTA Case--ML v. Craigslist

Catching Up on a FOSTA Case–ML v. Craigslist

This is one of many FOSTA cases in process. They are all quite complicated and hard to understand. This particular lawsuit targets Craigslist even though Craigslist shut down its adult services category in 2010, eight years before FOSTA was enacted,…