Communications Decency Act News

Judge Narrows Zoom Lawsuit Over User Privacy, ‘Zoombombing’

A U.S. judge dismissed large parts of a lawsuit accusing Zoom Video Communications Inc of violating users’ privacy rights by sharing personal information with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and letting malevolent intruders join Zoom meetings in a practice called Zoombombing. …

Big Tech’s Democratic Critics Discuss Ways to Strike Back With White House

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 — Congressional Democrats have begun discussions with the White House on ways to crack down on Big Tech including making social media companies accountable for the spread of disinformation on matters such as the U.S. Capitol riot …

U.S. Senators Propose Limiting Liability Shield for Social Media Platforms

WASHINGTON — Three Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill that would limit Section 230, a law that shields online companies from liability over content posted by users, and make the companies more accountable when posts result in harm. Called the …

Facebook Worries Smaller Rivals With Openness on Liability

Facebook Inc. says it’s time to rethink the legal immunity that protects it from lawsuits over what users post online, a position that’s leaving smaller websites concerned about the cost of accepting more responsibility for what appears on their platforms. …

Facebook Isn’t Responsible as Terrorist Platform, Court Says

Facebook Inc. doesn’t have to face a lawsuit by victims of Hamas attacks and their relatives who claimed that the social network unlawfully assisted the terror group, a federal appeals court ruled. In a 66-page ruling issued Wednesday, a divided …

Google Attacked Over Limits on Internet Company Liability

U.S. senators used a Congressional hearing on Tuesday to push the idea of overhauling a law that protects YouTube, Facebook and other internet services from being sued for the content users post. The Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, led by Senator …

Georgia Judge Says Snapchat Immune From Distracted Driver Claim

A judge has dismissed claims against Snapchat that blamed the social media company’s “speed filter” for a highway crash. The judge said the Communications Decency Act provides the social media company with immunity. Snapchat attorney Mark Trigg told The Associated …

Airbnb’s San Francisco Legal Showdown May Set Rules on Gig Economy

Airbnb Inc. has a message for cities that try to enforce rules that crimp its couch-surfing style: See you in court. The world’s fourth-most valuable startup is testing a legal strategy against its hometown that may be a template for …

Actress Sues Amazon for Revealing her Age Online

An anonymous actress claims in a million-dollar U.S. lawsuit that her offers for roles dropped sharply after the popular Internet Movie Database published damaging personal information: her age. The actress, identified as a Texas resident of Asian descent, claims she …