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Amicus Brief by EFF and ACLU Urging Illinois State Sex Offender Laws Declared Unconstitutional under First Amendment

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Mila Owen

With the Illinois Supreme Court gearing up to determine the constitutionality of the state’s sex offender registration statute, two advocacy non-profits have filed amicus briefs in support of striking the law down.

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Posted On Apr - 19 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Justice Department Indicates Some Retweets may be Endorsements

By Kevin Crenny – Edited by Mila Owen

The Justice Department has argued for the continued pre-trial detention of a woman charged with making threatening statements in support of ISIS, partially on the basis of her retweeting FBI employees’ personal information under the heading “Wanted to kill.” The filing drew attention for its apparent conflict with the oft-tweeted assertion that “retweets are not endorsements.” The context of the defendant’s other posts, however, make it difficult to read her retweets any other way.

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Posted On Apr - 18 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

In Balancing the First Amendment and Preventing Sex Trafficking, First Circuit Holds in Favor of Free Speech

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Danielle Kehl

The First Circuit unanimously affirmed the dismissal of the claims of three victims of child sex trafficking against the website through which they had been prostituted. The court’s decision was based in the 1996 Communications Decency Act, under which a websites are not typically treated as the publisher or speaker of content posted on the site by others, and cannot be held liable for that content.

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Posted On Apr - 4 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

District Court Finds Hertz Not Liable for Employees’ Social Media Posts

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Henry Thomas

After a Hertz employee posted a racist, threatening, and otherwise offensive comment about a customer to Facebook, that customer attempted to hold Hertz accountable. The customer contended that Hertz negligently supervised and trained the culpable employee, and that the company had a duty to prevent employees from harassing customers on social media. The district court, however, found that no such duty existed.

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Posted On Mar - 29 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Facebook not liable for discrimination against Sikhs in India

By Ann Kristin Glenster – Edited by Yaping Zhang

By dismissing Sikhs for Justice Inc.’s case against Facebook for discrimination by blocking the group’s page in India, the United District Court of Northern California maintains the neutrality of interactive online providers and exempts them from liability under Title II of the Civil Rights Act.

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Posted On Dec - 3 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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