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Facebook Says It’s a ‘Publisher,’ Inadvertently Sacrificing Its Legal Immunity

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Facebook has invoked its free speech right as a publisher, insisting its ability to smear users as extremists is protected, but its legal immunity thus far has rested on a law which protects platforms, not publishers.

Defining itself as a publisher opens Facebook up to lawsuits for defamation and other liability for the content users publish.

Platforms like Twitter, Google, and – until now, apparently – Facebook are protected from the legal consequences of their users’ speech by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Facebook even makes reference to section 230 later in its motion, suggesting that it is trying to have its cake and eat it too.

Curated from RT

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