(TargetLiberty.org) – In the latest twist in a legal battle that doesn’t leave anyone looking very good, a congressman has been told he can’t sue Twitter for parody content published on its platform. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) brought a $250 million suit against Twitter and three of its user accounts last March; now a judge has told him Twitter can’t be sued for content posted by third-party accounts.
A Virginia judge ruled that Rep. Devin Nunes could not sue Twitter over posts by 2 parody accounts — one that pretended to be his mother and another that pretended to be a cow https://t.co/l42xwfGM91
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 25, 2020
Nunes has an issue with two parody accounts – one which claimed to be his mother (until his actual mother complained and Twitter removed it), and one which claims to be his cow (and is still active).
— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) June 25, 2020
At the heart of the case is whether or not Twitter is acting as a publisher. If it is, it’s liable for content posted on its platform. Right now, the law says social media companies aren’t publishers and are merely providing a public space for comments.
However, left-leaning tech CEOs like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey want to have it both ways; avoiding liability for the often-abusive “parody” aimed at Conservatives like Nunes, but censoring speech on their platforms in a way that looks very much like they are acting as publishers.
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