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.
Tanya Cohen redux
When I referenced a Thoughtcatalogue essay by Tanya Cohen in my recent post, a number of people suggested the essay was a hoax. It was so poorly written and hyperbolic that this certainly seemed plausible (even if I thought one commenter went too far in writing as though there was no question that it was a hoax). I thought I might have been had.
But now there’s a second Cohen essay. At first read, it doesn’t look like a hoax (although I didn’t track down all her sources to verify them).