Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Families of Orlando victims file suit against social media companies, maybe a major free speech test


I have already reported today on my main (“BillBoushka”) entry on Blogger about an important lawsuit filed by the families of at least three of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub attack by an ISIS sympathized Mateen on June 12 in Orlando, against Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

The Orlando Sentinel now has an even more detailed story by Gal Tziperman Lotan.

At issue is the way Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is interpreted, and I’ll be delving into this in more detail on Wordpress soon.  This could be a very important case for testing free speech on the Internet (since it has to be “hosted” somehow), aside from the specific issues for the LGBT community and the victims.
 
I understand that the owner wants to rebuild the club on the same site rather than build a memorial and move the club.  I visited it in July 2015, and a good friend (from the West Coast) had visited it two weeks before the attack.  I have other social media contacts in Florida who often come into the Orlando area and would visit the club.  Any one of us could have been victims.  The nearby theme parks, by Disney and Universal, do have some comprehensive security.

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