A computer repair shop owner filed a lawsuit against the Twitter platform for defamation, alleging that the social network had defamed him by describing him as an intruder after his work was cited as a source of information obtained from a laptop computer allegedly owned by Joe Biden’s son.
This information was the basis for many of the New York Post’s articles published in October.
In the lawsuit, John Paul Mac Isaac said he was forced to close the Mac Shop, his computer repair business after Twitter said that the New York Post articles violated the Hijacked Material Policy and initially prevented users from sharing Links.
The New York Post claimed that it obtained the materials for Hunter Biden from Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who allegedly obtained them from the abandoned MacBook Pro in the Mac Shop.
The Mac Shop owner is seeking punitive damages of $ 500 million from Twitter in addition to unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees, as well as an order that compels Twitter to make a public withdrawal of all false data.
The lawsuit says: The plaintiff is not a hacker, and the information obtained from the computer does not constitute infiltrated material because the plaintiff legally obtained access to the computer.
As a result of Twitter citing its breached material policy to block New York Post articles, Mac Isaac says he is now considered hacked on a large scale, receiving negative online reviews and threats against his person and property, and claims that he eventually had to close the Mac Shop.
On October 14, Twitter banned users from tweeting unconfirmed articles from the New York Post alleging that Joe Biden and his son Hunter were involved in corrupt business dealings in Ukraine and China.
Twitter’s ban on New York Post articles sparked new calls from Republicans to review or repeal Article 230 of the Communications Etiquette Act, which gives internet companies free rein to remove content that violates their policies while protecting them from legal liability.
At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in October, Republican members attacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the company banning New York Post articles.
Dorsey denied that Twitter’s decisions are in favor of democratic politicians or causes, and said: The company has banned tweets containing links to articles from the New York Post because we did not want Twitter to be a distributor of the compromised material.
At the same session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: The limited publication of Biden’s story relied in part on the FBI’s warning about potential breaches and diversions that could be part of a foreign manipulation attempt before the US election.