Courthouse News Service: Ninth Circuit Revives Suit Against Social Media Giants Over Nightclub Terror Attack

Courthouse News Service: Ninth Circuit Revives Suit Against Social Media Giants Over Nightclub Terror Attack. “A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday largely answered the question of whether social media networks can be held liable for terror attacks around the world: they can’t. Unless the families of victims can show — as they may have in one case — that the tech giants knowingly allow terrorist groups to create and maintain public accounts and turning a deaf ear to complaints. But the panel also said it’s time for either the executive or legislative branches to do something about unregulated social media networks and the broad immunity provided them under the Communications Decency Act of 1996.”

NBC News: Dozens of women sue Pornhub, alleging it published nonconsensual clips

NBC News: Dozens of women sue Pornhub, alleging it published nonconsensual clips. “More than 30 women sued Pornhub on Thursday, accusing it of violating federal sex trafficking laws, distributing child pornography, racketeering and other crimes. The suit alleges that Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek — and its constellation of porn brands — is a criminal enterprise that purchases, launders and uploads illegal content often obtained through human trafficking and sexual assault.”

The Tennessee Tribune: Google’s Gangland Lawyer Suit Appeal Fails in Australia

The Tennessee Tribune: Google’s Gangland Lawyer Suit Appeal Fails in Australia. “A court has refused Google’s application for leave to appeal an AU$ 40,000 ($30369) defamation payout to a Victorian lawyer known for representing underworld crooks. George Defteros had clients including gangsters Alphonse Gangitano and Mario Condello and gangland identity Mick Gatto. He successfully sued Google, arguing its publication of a 2004 article about his arrest on conspiracy to murder charges – which were later dropped – defamed him.”

The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit

The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit. “Google has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle charges that it has not complied with Washington’s strict campaign finance laws, which require businesses to retain records of political ads they sell in the state. It’s the second time in three years that the tech giant has settled a campaign finance lawsuit in Washington. In 2018, Google paid $200,000, plus attorneys’ fees, to settle a similar lawsuit, but admitted no wrongdoing. This time, the company agreed it did not comply with state law, but still disputes whether the law applies the company.”

Deadline: Ohio Attorney General Seeks To Declare Google A Public Utility In New Lawsuit

Deadline: Ohio Attorney General Seeks To Declare Google A Public Utility In New Lawsuit. “The attorney general of Ohio is asking a state court to declare Google a public utility, something that would subject the search giant to extensive government regulation. The lawsuit (read it here) was filed by Dave Yost, a Republican, and reflects the party’s shift from traditional stances opposed to government regulations, as he and a number of lawmakers have targeted big tech.”

‘Apple is eating our lunch’: Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private (Business Insider)

Business Insider: ‘Apple is eating our lunch’: Google employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private. “Newly unredacted documents in a lawsuit against Google reveal that the company’s own executives and engineers knew just how difficult the company had made it for smartphone users to keep their location data private. Google continued collecting location data even when users turned off various location-sharing settings, made popular privacy settings harder to find, and even pressured LG and other phone makers into hiding settings precisely because users liked them, according to the documents.”

Engadget: Over 10,000 women are suing Google over gender pay disparity

Engadget: Over 10,000 women are suing Google over gender pay disparity. “Four women who worked at Google have won class-action status to proceed with their gender pay disparity lawsuit, reports Bloomberg. The latest ruling in the protracted legal battle means the suit can now apply to 10,800 women who held various positions at the tech giant since 2013. Those affected represent a broad cross-section of vocations including engineers, program managers, salespeople and at least one preschool teacher.”

New York Times: WhatsApp Sues India’s Government to Stop New Internet Rules

New York Times: WhatsApp Sues India’s Government to Stop New Internet Rules. ” WhatsApp sued the Indian government on Wednesday to stop what it said were oppressive new internet rules that would require it to make people’s messages ‘traceable’ to outside parties for the first time.” Baffled this article doesn’t mention that rumors on WhatsApp led to the lynchings of over twenty people in India.

BNN Bloomberg: Google Request to Move State Antitrust Lawsuit Denied by Judge

BNN Bloomberg: Google Request to Move State Antitrust Lawsuit Denied by Judge. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google failed to have a monopoly lawsuit filed against the company by Texas and other states moved to California, where the company is based. U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan in Plano, Texas, on Thursday denied Google’s request to transfer the case, according to a court filing.”

Reuters: Google battles landmark UK class action over alleged iPhone tracking

Reuters: Google battles landmark UK class action over alleged iPhone tracking. “A proposed multi-billion pound British class action against Google, which alleges the internet giant secretly tracked millions of iPhone users, is not viable and should not be allowed to proceed, the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday. Antony White, a lawyer for Google, told the first day of a two-day hearing that any maiden, U.S.-style data protection lawsuit could only seek redress under English laws if a data breach led to claimants suffering damage.”

BBC: US teen’s Snapchat rant reaches Supreme Court in free speech case

BBC: US teen’s Snapchat rant reaches Supreme Court in free speech case. “A teenager’s rant that led to her getting kicked off her cheerleading team has reached the US Supreme Court. Brandi Levy sent a profanity-laden post to her friends on Snapchat in 2017, venting her frustrations with cheerleading and her school. But when coaches at the Pennsylvania school discovered the post, she was barred from the squad for a year.”