Thursday, October 18, 2018
Bizarre case involving anonymous contributors to potential sexual predators' list tests anonymous speech
Aaron Mackey of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses a lawsuit that challenges several conflcting values: protecting anonymous speech, protecting downstream liability limitations (Section 230), and putatively identifying possible sexual predators.
The lawsuit was brought by a writer named on the list. The lawsuit apparently tries to track down others who anonymously added to the list.
Anonymous speech seems to be even more important overseas. But as I've noted recently, there are at least some theoretical considerations, even now (after Citizens United and McCutcheon) that it, when political, can run afoul of campaign finance laws in the US. But now a conservative Supreme Court might well side with the First Amendment concerns protecting anonymity.