Australian Court Says Using a Zipper-Mouth Emoji Can Be Defamatory--Burrows v. Houda

Australian Court Says Using a Zipper-Mouth Emoji Can Be Defamatory–Burrows v. Houda

This case involves a Twitter thread discussing the plaintiff’s alleged misconduct as a lawyer. I’m still looking for the original thread (some or all of it appears to be deleted based on my attempts to find it on Twitter) or…

Section 230 Protects Craigslist from Sex Trafficking Claims, Despite FOSTA--JB v. Craigslist

Section 230 Protects Craigslist from Sex Trafficking Claims, Despite FOSTA–JB v. Craigslist

This is an important early judicial interpretation of FOSTA. The court reaches several key conclusions, including that Section 230(c)(1) still preempts state civil claims and Craigslist did not “participate in a venture” with every advertiser of commercial sex. If this…

Message Board Operator Isn't Liable for Third-Party Posts (DUH)--East Coast Test Prep v. Allnurses

Message Board Operator Isn’t Liable for Third-Party Posts (DUH)–East Coast Test Prep v. Allnurses

No need to check your watch. It’s still apocalyptic 2020, even though today’s blog post will take you back 15 years to when plaintiffs still hoped to hold message board operators liable for user posts. The caselaw has resoundingly thumped…

Google Defeats Account Termination Case on Section 230 Grounds (Mostly)--Enhanced Athlete v. YouTube

Google Defeats Account Termination Case on Section 230 Grounds (Mostly)–Enhanced Athlete v. YouTube

This is another account termination case. The plaintiff ran two YouTube channels with 145k subscribers. The opinion implies that the channels hyped a steroid-like supplement not approved by the FDA (“SARMS”). As usual with cases in this genre, the plaintiff…

Comments on NTIA's Petition to the FCC Seeking to Destroy Section 230

Comments on NTIA’s Petition to the FCC Seeking to Destroy Section 230

As requested by the Trump anti-Section 230 Executive Order from May, NTIA submitted a 57 page petition to the FCC asking the FCC to make rules interpreting Section 230. The FCC, in turn, has put the petition out for public…

The EARN IT Act Has Gotten Even More Terrible. So Of Course It's Moving Forward

The EARN IT Act Has Gotten Even More Terrible. So Of Course It’s Moving Forward

I previously blogged the EARN IT Act (S.3398) in February and March. The EARN IT Act is another entry in Congress’ long tradition of election-year initiatives that purport to advance children’s welfare, but actually use children as political props to…

While Our Country Is Engulfed By Urgent Must-Solve Problems, Congress Is Working Hard to Burn Down Section 230

While Our Country Is Engulfed By Urgent Must-Solve Problems, Congress Is Working Hard to Burn Down Section 230

This post will be unusually blunt about my disenchantment with the state of our country, a topic I don’t normally discuss on the blog. Some of you will not like this post. I expect my next post will feel more…

Comments on the Internet Association's Empirical Study of Section 230 Cases

Comments on the Internet Association’s Empirical Study of Section 230 Cases

Elizabeth Banker of the Internet Association has posted “A Review Of Section 230’S Meaning & Application Based On More Than 500 Cases.” This complements Prof. David Ardia’s comprehensive empirical study of Section 230 caselaw from a decade ago. It’s great…

Plaintiff Can't Use Trump's Anti-Section 230 EO to Sue Facebook--Gomez v. Zuckenberg

Plaintiff Can’t Use Trump’s Anti-Section 230 EO to Sue Facebook–Gomez v. Zuckenberg

This pro se/in pro per plaintiff sued Facebook because he couldn’t log into his account or open a new one. The plaintiff claimed Facebook violated Trump’s anti-Section 230 executive order, EO 13295, Preventing Online Censorship, 85 Fed. Reg. 34079 (May…

Section 230 Doesn't Protect Repeating Rumors--La Liberte v. Reid

Section 230 Doesn’t Protect Repeating Rumors–La Liberte v. Reid

La Liberte spoke at a city council meeting. A photo of her speaking went viral because a “social media activist” posted the photo with a caption that she said racist things about a minority teenager in the photo. That turned…