Communications Decency Act News

Amazon Not Liable for Selling Product that Allegedly Caused $300K in Fire Damage

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that Amazon.com Inc. is not responsible under Maryland law for products liability claims due to a defective product purchased on its website from a third-party seller. The decision …

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Says He Backs Regulation of Internet Content, Privacy

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg called for new global regulations governing the internet, recommending overarching rules on hateful and violent content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. In a statement that was also published as an op-ed in …

Court Rules Dating App Not Liable for Harassing Content

A U.S. federal appeals court refused to hold Grindr liable to a New York man who said his former boyfriend used the gay dating app to post fake profiles, in a harassment campaign that caused more than 1,000 men to …

How Sex Trafficking Became Battleground in Fight Over Big Tech Immunity

During last week’s hearings about the industry’s role in the 2016 presidential election, one ominous moment for Big Tech came when California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the industry’s representative in Congress and a Democrat, addressed the social media companies. “You bear …

How to Make Facebook Liable for Its Content: Viewpoint

Now that U.S. politicians know that Facebook is unable to stop malicious actors from using it to influence public opinion, the social network is doing its best to avoid tougher regulatory treatment. It shouldn’t be able to get off so …

Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Claiming Facebook Liable for Supporting Terrorists

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook Inc. liable for supporting terrorist groups by letting them use its social media platform to further their goals, including violence against Jews. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in …

Judge Rules Snapchat Immune from Georgia Distracted Driver Crash 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 …

Supreme Court Lets Stand Websites’ Liability Shield in Child Sex Trafficking Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court’s decision that an online advertising site accused by three young women of facilitating child sex trafficking was protected by a federal law that has shielded website operators from liability …

Home-Share Site Airbnb Loses Round in Fight Against City Regulations

Airbnb Inc.’s claim that it’s just a conduit for user-generated content was rejected by a judge who said the company may not be able to duck a San Francisco law punishing it when hosts book units that aren’t registered with …

Homesharing Giant Airbnb Faces Rising Legal, Regulatory Risks in Big Cities

Airbnb, the online lodging service that investors now believe is worth $30 billion, faces a reckoning. In eight years of torrid growth, the company has often clashed with local public officials seeking to minimize the impact of short-term rentals on …