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First Amendment

Twitter Users Sue to Enjoin the President’s Twitter Blocking Based on Political Viewpoint

On Tuesday, a civil action was filed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute and seven blocked Twitter users, asserting that President Trump and his staff are violating the First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter based on their viewpoints. 

Cybercrime Roundup

Cybercrime Roundup: Using Twitter as a Weapon, Copyright Trolling Porn, and Script Kiddies on the Rise

In this edition of the cybercrime roundup, a Twitter troll is prosecuted for purposefully inducing a seizure, a copyright troll and fake porn producer finally pleads guilty, and we learn that hacking is on the rise among young teenagers.

Material Support

Another Day, Another Material Support Suit Against a Social Media Company

There are two big questions in these cases: Does CDA § 230 really mean that a social media company is categorically immune from liability for knowingly permitting terrorists to organize and plot on their platforms? And if not, what standard of causation does a plaintiff have to meet in order to hold a social media company liable for an attack by a terrorist group that does some of its organizing online?

Transition 2016

Trolling as Politics: Online Harassment Under President Trump

Just as we should keep a sharp eye out for signs that a Trump administration may be slouching toward authoritarianism—not because that danger is immediately present, but because the potential for it is real—we should also watch for signs that Trump-inspired online harassment is veering into state calls for punishment of critics or dissenters.

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