In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
A Note to Readers and Commenters
We are saddened to see some of the comments in recent posts. The League is not above a good debate, but lately there have been comments made by writers here that go well across the acceptable line. We have a commenting policy that we have long prided ourselves in and enforced. Writers should hold themselves to a higher standard.
We have been able to avoid banning almost entirely through a community-enforced code of conduct, but that community enforcement will be impossible if we can’t hold ourselves to the same and/or higher standards. We believe that writers and commenters should argue with force, but only within the bounds of the commenting policy. Same applies to posts. The entire point of this site is to rise above the proverbial fray, to foster mature conversations about sometimes-contentious issues. We are here to start conversations not to end them.
Above all we need to treat one another and the commentariat with respect. Unfortunately, we have moved in the opposite direction lately, and for that you have our profound apologies. It needs to stop. The reason the site exists at all is to have a conversation, not to mock or ridicule our commenters or lay waste to our opponents. Plenty of other blogs do that.
These are the breaks, and going forward we are holding all of our writers, new and old, to this standard. Anyone who doesn’t feel that this is their style can move on to greener pastures. Likewise, we will be taking a more active role in moderating the comments. Dissent will be tolerated – ad hominem, abusive attacks and trolling will not.
Thanks to all of you for your patience as we continue to evolve and make changes and try to figure out just what this site is all about.
Erik and Mark
P.S. Thanks also for all your generous support of this site. We’ve been able to do some upgrades and switch hosts, and the site is running better than ever – largely thanks to your contributions. Much obliged.