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Facebook asserts "publisher defense" to dismiss lawsuit

     
10:58 pm on Sep 18, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Link to the court document filed:

[docs.reclaimthenet.org...]

If the legalese does not make you go mind numb, if you manage to get through it Facebook is claiming they are a publisher, and thus protected from plaintiff's assertions.

This will turn a few heads here and there, as Section 230 won't apply in that regard.

Will interesting to see how all this plays out!
1:02 pm on Sept 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Tangor.
I'm certainly no lawyer but If they are claiming they are a publisher, wouldn't that then make them responsible for all content on their site?
6:38 pm on Sept 19, 2019 (gmt 0)

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How this works out is unknown, but on the face of it fb is using contradictory assertions ... in reality they have built their business on Section 230, but in reality they have been acting as a publisher (recent years since 2016). Both cannot be true. If they succeed on a publisher defense here it will open the company up to Section 230 challenges and that could be catastrophic.

NOTE: IANAL, but watch it closely, am engaged in legislative issues, and generally focused on social media's cake and eat it too that has turned the web upside down, whichever side of the "fence" one might be.

Will be watching this one!
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I believe Facebook "publisher defense" will not only make Facebook the owner of all the content but also the responsible party, but there still might be some loop hole to get facebook off the hook of all the content wrong doings.