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Court Rules Platforms Can Defend Users’ Free Speech Rights, But Fails to Follow Through on Protections for Anonymous Speech

A decision by a California appeals court on Monday recognized that online platforms can fight for their users’ First Amendment rights, though the decision also potentially makes it easier to unmask anonymous online speakers. Yelp v. Superior Court grew out of a defamation case brought in 2016 by an...

Courts Must Allow Online Platforms to Defend Their Users' Free Speech Rights, EFF Tells Court

Online platforms must be allowed to assert their anonymous users’ First Amendment rights in court, EFF argued in a brief filed Monday in a California appellate court. The case, Yelp v. Superior Court, concerns whether online review website Yelp has the legal right to appear in court and make arguments...

Changes to Facebook’s "Real Names" Policy Still Don’t Fix the Problem

In response to feedback from activist groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook announced Tuesday that it would change some aspects of its real names policy. As it currently stands, the policy requires users to register what Facebook calls their “authentic identity,”—or how friends and family know them—in order to...

EFF Submits Amicus Letter to California Supreme Court in Support of Anonymous Online Speaker

EFF submitted an amicus letter to the California Supreme Court urging the justices to review a case that has significant implications for the free speech rights of anonymous online speakers under California law. EFF wrote the amicus letter in support of an anonymous defendant (Doe 1) who created a website...

UK Media Company, CEO Drop Bogus Attempt to Out Author of Spoof Twitter Account

Frivolous, abusive legal attempts to intimidate and silence online critics are hardly rare. From school superintendents to developers to mayors to businesses, bogus lawsuits are often tempting tools for those looking to expose and embarrass critics or simply intimidate them into silence. While we've seen many...

Fifth Circuit Upholds Sanctions Award Against Copyright Troll Attorney

Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court order imposing sanctions on Evan Stone, attorney for adult film producer Mick Haig Productions, who improperly issued subpoenas without leave of court to ISPs seeking the identities of anonymous subscribers in a mass end-user copyright infringement case...

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