Friday, December 28, 2012
Facebook Purging Pro-Gun Accounts
Infowars is reporting that Facebook has been purging and freezing pro-Second Amendment and pro-liberty accounts. I wonder if Facebook's management has even bothered to check with their attorneys before doing this. One of the primary defenses of companies that host content, but do not generate it, is that they do not exercise control over the content. If, however, Facebook is choosing to exercise control over the content that is posted by its users, I think it runs a serious risk of exposing itself to liability for defamatory statements or publications. And since Facebook is essentially a "gossip" site, I would suspect that a great deal of what is published is potentially defamatory.