Tuesday, July 24, 2018

California state supreme court boosts Section 230 protections in "bad review" cases

Here’s an interesting application of Section 230.  The California state supreme court has invoked the federal Section 230 and ruled that Yelp cannot be compelled to take down a bad review of a business that is suing the author of the post for defamation.
The case is Hassell v. Bird and secondarily Hassell v.Yelp 

Electronic Frontier Foundation has a lead story by Sophia Cope and Miranda Rutherford. 

Hassell seems to have tried to involve a “safe harbor” (like with copyright and DMCA) process for defamation.
The video above (two years old) applies to the trial court opinion which had originally ordered that Yelp take the material down.

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