Annotated Bib 6

Goldman, Eric. “Should TheDirty Website Be Liable For Encouraging Users To Gossip?” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.


This article highlights a lawsuit between former NFL cheerleader Sarah Jones and the website TheDirty is a gossip site that encourages the perpetuation of “mean-spirited and misogynistic” gossip. TheDirty featured Jones on the website twice falsifying promiscuous behavior with a whole NFL football team. Normally, this type of case would be covered by Section 230 which would protect the website from defamatory statements written by third parties, but the district courts rejected TheDirty’s defense.  Jones won the case because Section 230 was mostly overlooked even though the content was written by that third party. TheDirty appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the judge is under strict criticism for using his own personal agenda.  Four amicus briefs were TheDirty has been backed by major publicity traded user-content company. 

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