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.
Monday Trivia, No. 151 [gingergene wins!]
I found reliable enough and recent enough statistics from 63 nations to prepare for this week’s list.
While a number will exist for every nation, I suspect not every nation collects this to prepare statistics, so for some nations the number will be impossible to ascertain. It’s theoretically possible that the number could be negative, but I found no instances of this in the nations I surveyed.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Vietnam||3.4|
|Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico||3.0|
|Austria, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Ukraine||2.8|
|Netherlands, South Korea, Israel, Kazakhstan, Philippines||2.7|
|Finland, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Malaysia, Switzerland, Norway||2.3|
|Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom, Iceland||2.2|
|Belarus, Ireland, Latvia, Malta||2.1|
|France, Mongolia, Brazil, Canada, United States of America||2.0|
I’m conscious of the fact that this list contains no nations from Africa and only one from South America. I regret this, but I couldn’t readily find the numbers for such nations from reliable sources when writing the question. Chalk that up to laziness on my part. Still, I was quite surprised that numbers from PRC and RSA were not available.
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