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.
Today/Tomorrow (depending on your time zone) is Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights. In Singapore, it is a public holiday in which case companies are generally required to give everyone a day off either tomorrow, or if unavoidable one day off-in-lieu. Of course in the US, the only religious occasions which the government requires businesses to give holidays for are Christian ones. i.e. Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. Doesn’t this violate church state separation? Would a policy where the other major religious groups’ had an equal number of public holidays so that the adherents could celebrate as well be an acceptable second best policy? Or is the only acceptable 1st amendment-compliant option to have only secular public holidays like Independence Day, or Republic day or Thanksgiving?