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.
Linky Friday #124: Northern Invasion
[A1] From Christopher Carr: Conor Williams on setting the bar high for education reform.
[A2] Elias Isquith notes the problem with speaking to political opponents in their language. And he’s right; it’s important not to consistently give up the rhetorical ground.
[A3] Freddie de Boer seeks to find out if Bernie Sanders is a true socialist.
[A4] Jamelle Bouie looks into the unsinkableness of Trump’s campaign.
[A5] Kyle Cupp has moved to the land of Trailblazers and Tod Kelly, a move that has caused him to think about the need to put down roots.
[P1] From Zic: Maybe everyone is entitled to their own facts.
[P2] Canada’s Prime Minister has created a wall between him and the press. Justin Ling can’t fishing stand it any longer.
[P4] Is Bernie Sanders correct to focus on economic justice when asked about racial justice? Rachel Cohen say yes. Ben Taylor says no. Personally, I’d say the pro-Sanders position is wrong. Economics matters, but it’s not everything.
[C1] Canada rules baseball. Deal with it.
[C2] The War of 1812 might be over, but a new border dispute is brewing on the east coast.
[C4] Ignore the War of 1812. Ignore a border dispute in Maine. Shots have been fired…between Glendale and Edmonton.
Justice, Social and Otherwise
[J1] “It could have been me.”
[J2] For decades, Canada committed cultural genocide, ripping children away from their families and communities to send them to residential schools. At those schools, children were beaten, raped and tortured. One RCMP officer who took children away is speaking out.
[J3] From James K: Statistics New Zealand has introduced a new standard for collecting data on sex and gender. In a world first, this includes categories for people who don’t identify as male or female.
[J4] From Burt: Can a Tuba bring about a post-racial America? Probably not, but this is still pretty great.
[J5] From Burt: The UK must determine what constitutes a hate crime.
[M1] Throw pillows are the worst, apparently.
[M2] Surfer punches shark. (Do not try this at home.) (Also, why would you have a shark in your home?)
[M3] My town is all about infidelity…but I doubt this is actually true.
[M4] There are times I can’t tell the difference between Vice and Clickhole, but Jar Jar Binks probably could.
[M5] From Aaron: Apparently the truth is not out there!
[M6] Canada has an armed forces base at the top of the world. This is a great read and pretty solid web/mobile development.
[Image: Luke Clennell’s The Press-Gang]