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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A federal appeals court rejected claims that social media giants including Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. conspired to suppress conservative views online.

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Still a win for conservatives because they'll argue this proves them right and they get to keep playing the victim.

#1 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-05-27 03:11 PM | Reply

Deep state!

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-27 11:49 PM | Reply

Derp State!

#3 | Posted by censored at 2020-05-28 12:04 AM | Reply

Of course, that won't stop Trump from issuing whatever sort of 'Executive Order' that he's threatening to do tomorrow which will "reign in the social media industry". I suspect that his 'order' will be along the lines of 'declaring' that social media companies are not exempt from being sued for libel and slander. Of course, that 'order' won't be worth the paper that Trump's 'sharpie' signature will appear on as only the courts can make that determination and precedent has already been established through many cases ruled-on by the Supreme Court starting in 1974, with 'Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.', right up to 2014 when the Federal Courts ruled the bloggers have the same 1st Amendment rights as does the press. The courts position is that in order for a statement to be libelous or slander, that the plaintiff must prove negligence, which is a VERY high bar to clear, particularly when the subject of the libel or slander claims is a 'public figure', and by more than 100 years of legal precedent, anyone holding public office, elected or otherwise, is, by definition, a 'public figure'.

Trump will make some grand statement, claiming that Section II of the Constitution gives him the power and the right to do whatever he plans to cover in his 'executive order', but it will be nothing more than another 'shiny object' to detract the media away from what's really happening in the country at the moment.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-28 01:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The truth is an anti-conservative bias.

Once upon a time conservatives complained about how liberal education taught that there were no right answers.... now they advocate for no objective truths, no facts.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-28 01:44 AM | Reply

#4

Generally agree but would add that negligence is a low bar. It's basically what a reasonable person would do or not do in the same or similar circumstances as judged by a jury. NYT v. Sullivan raised the bar and required "actual malice" to prevail against "public figures."

#6 | Posted by et_al at 2020-05-28 02:51 AM | Reply

I do feel my Christian family based on-line candle business is being restrained by the left-wing, fake news media. I will appeal this ruling by fake judges...
-Karen Pence, wondering why her business isn't selling more in a time of pandemic

Oh--and don't call me Karen. I'm not one of them...
-Mother Pence

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2020-05-28 09:19 AM | Reply

Trump to order review of law protecting social media firms after Twitter spat: report
thehill.com

...President Trump will reportedly sign an executive order on Thursday that mandates a review of a law that shields companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook from being held liable for the content appearing on their platforms after fact checks for the first time were added to two of his tweets.

The executive order Trump is expected to sign would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to propose and clarify regulations stipulated under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, according to a draft copy obtained by Reuters. Section 230 protects social media platforms from facing lawsuits over what users share, though there are exceptions when it comes to copyright violations and breaches of federal criminal law. ...


I suspect Pres Trump hasn't thought this one through.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-28 10:59 AM | Reply

I suspect Pres Trump hasn't thought this one through.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter

I agree, Trump should be careful what he wishes for. After all, if Twitter can be held liable for what someone posts on their site, how are they going to deal with Trump's crap? Will they be forced to take it down when it's deemed harmful to others, like telling people to take a potentially harmful drug?

BTW, I read a legal opinion that Trump could be sued in civil court for his statements about the Joe Scarborough issue. Not by Scarborough as he's a public figure, but rather by the family of Lori Klausutis who could have a case over his comments about her. Trump is not protected from being taken to civil court because the precedent was set with 'Clinton v. Jones'.

OCU

#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-28 12:42 PM | Reply

And Trump did this right before he signs an 'Executive Order' that will make companies like Twitter responsible for the content that people post on their sites.

Trump retweets a video saying the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat'

The speaker said he wasn't being literal " but later suggest he might have been, at least in part. And this is part of a pattern for Trump.

www.washingtonpost.com

Like I said, Trump had better be careful what he's wishing for.

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-05-28 01:03 PM | Reply

Unreal. The President of the United States advocates for the murder of citizens, but these days it's just another day under Trump.

He's been doing this since even before he became Pres. "I could shoot somebody and...".

#11 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-05-28 01:27 PM | Reply

Still a win for conservatives because they'll argue this proves them right and they get to keep playing the victim.

#1 | POSTED BY DEREK_WILDSTAR

This would happen absolutely no matter what happens.

Court finds no evidence of anti-Conservative bias? Conservatives argue it proves them right.
Coronavirus kills 100,000 people? Conservatives argue it proves them right its no worse than the flu and we can re-open.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-28 01:32 PM | Reply

@#11 ... Unreal. The President of the United States advocates for the murder of citizens, but these days it's just another day under Trump. ...

The new "normal" for Republican politics in the United States?

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-28 01:41 PM | Reply

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