Comments on the PROMISE Act

Comments on the PROMISE Act

Senators Lee, Braun, and Moran introduced the “Promoting Responsibility Over Moderation In the Social-media Environment Act,” the “PROMISE Act.” (It’s a reintroduction of S. 4975 from last session). This is a transparency-focused bill that partially overlaps with last year’s PACT…

Catching Up on the Parler v. AWS Dispute

Catching Up on the Parler v. AWS Dispute

I blogged Parler’s unsuccessful request to get injunctive relief preventing AWS’s termination of Parler as a customer. Since then, Parler dismissed the federal court lawsuit, filed a state court lawsuit, AWS removed the second lawsuit to federal court, and the…

Social Media Ownership Disputes, Part I: the Satanic Temple of Washington Can’t Get Its Facebook Pages Back

Social Media Ownership Disputes, Part I: the Satanic Temple of Washington Can’t Get Its Facebook Pages Back

This is part 1 of a 2-part series covering social media ownership disputes. This dispute involves the online accounts of the Satanic Temple of Washington: two Facebook pages, one of which had 17,000 followers, a Twitter account, and a “google…

Doctor Can't Win Default Judgment Over Patient's Yelp Review--Mirza v. Amar

Doctor Can’t Win Default Judgment Over Patient’s Yelp Review–Mirza v. Amar

This is another entry in my decade-long coverage of doctors suing patients for online reviews. The plaintiff is a Botox provider. The defendant-patient wrote a critical review on Yelp. The doctor sued the patient for defamation and related claims. The…

Congressional Jawboning of Internet Services Isn't Actionable--AAPS v. Schiff

Congressional Jawboning of Internet Services Isn’t Actionable–AAPS v. Schiff

Members of Congress often send letters to various industry participants complaining about marketplace phenomena. Sometimes these letters demand additional information; other times, the letters just express opprobrium. All of these letters are backed by a coercive threat that the Congressmember…

An Account Suspension Case Fails Again–Perez v. LinkedIn

Perez sued LinkedIn for suspending his account. In October, a court in Southern District of Texas dismissed the complaint because LinkedIn isn’t a state actor. The court gave Perez the opportunity to refile in the Northern District of California, which…

Section 230 Applies to Articles by Huffington Post Contributors--Page v. Oath

Section 230 Applies to Articles by Huffington Post Contributors–Page v. Oath

The plaintiff is Dr. Carter Page, who gained notoriety from his alleged role in Trump’s interactions with Russia, including multiple references in the Steele dossier. In 2017, he sued Oath (as owner of Yahoo and Huffington Post) for defamation over…

Section 230 Protects App Store from Liability for Apps With Loot Boxes--Coffee v. Google

Section 230 Protects App Store from Liability for Apps With Loot Boxes–Coffee v. Google

Many video games have loot boxes, where players can exchange valuable consideration (like in-game currency purchased for cash) for a chance to win something really valuable to gameplay. Because loot boxes may involve chance, consideration, and prizes, loot boxes may…

Are Social Media Services "State Actors" or "Common Carriers"?

Are Social Media Services “State Actors” or “Common Carriers”?

Yesterday, I did a videoconference with Prof. Eugene Volokh (UCLA Law) discussing if and how legislatures could regulate Internet services. Watch the video. Prof. Volokh and I usually agree on most things, but this time we may reach different conclusions….

Comments on the "SAFE TECH" Act

Comments on the “SAFE TECH” Act

This year’s tsunami of Section 230 “reform” bills includes the “Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism and Consumer Harms (SAFE TECH) Act” from Sens. Warner, Hirono, and Klobuchar. This bill proposes over ten different Section 230 reforms, some of which…