Rather Than Suing, Jack Thompson Apparently Should Have Just Clicked The 'Report Abuse' Button

from the total-morons dept

We recently reported on anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson’s lawsuit against Facebook, which suggested an unfamiliarity with Section 230 safe harbors. But, it gets worse. The website GamePolitics, who is listed in Thompson’s lawsuit as being a key player in “orchestrating” libel attacks on Thompson, spoke to Thompson about the lawsuit, and in the course of the phone call, the GamePolitics reporter, Andrew Eisen, noted that every Facebook Group had a little link that allowed anyone to report the group for abuse, with a promise of action in 24 hours. He asked Thompson if he had clicked the link, to which Thompson called him a “total moron.” Eisen, though, is apparently craftier than Thompson took him for, and clicked the link on one of the groups that Thompson was complaining about. What happened? Less than a day later? That group is gone from Facebook. Aren’t there rules in filing lawsuits where you’re supposed to take actions to mitigate the harm? In the meantime, it looks like Thompson owes Eisen and GamePolitics at least a thank you…

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Anonymous Coward says:

Can someone point to me where in the Constitution it says you can live your life without offense?

I mean seriously, folks. Just because someone writes an opinion piece that you your an “asshole”, “fucker” or your “mother says bad things about you” doesn’t mean that it’s true, nor are you given privileged against it.

If you’re given much, much is expected. You’re going to have to earn your place in Heaven.

As Jesus said:
Matthew 19:16-26
It will be hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Suppression of 230 means that I would need to say one of two things:

1) Yeah I worked there, and that was my honest perception.

2) I don’t know anything about their business.
But the commentary was based on a number of public articles available here, here, here, here. (I usually take screenshots of the articles that influence me. )

3) I request presence of the CEO of the company.
This is complex:

Sure, we all often go online and say things. But, why are you believing anonymous shit on the internet? Seems you have an opportunity to disprove them. Why didn’t you engage them? Instead, the decisions made off of a blog response will re-iterate that they see a much bigger internal problem. If someone outside your company knows your business better than you do, well, it seems they are a reasonably smart person. Can you make it worth their time to stay?

And they don’t work for you because..?

slackr (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Eh? The piece is about how simple it was for Jack to press a button and make this instance all go away. But he didn’t want to because that’s just too easy and doesn’t cause a fuss or get you anywhere in his crusade.

BTW you can’t “earn your way to heaven”, that was Jesus point. The distance between man and God can only be bridged by God and on his terms, not ours.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

I was with you until you brought up your imaginary friend.

Well, good for you, I guess. My life has not been without consequence. Should you believe otherwise, good for you. I won’t even get into it as you’ve shown your value.

I know they’ve tried to kill me a few times now because I speak the truth.

But the best advice against me is the same words my father said to me: “You don’t need to know how to shoot if you put Buckshot in this gun.”

I know who I am against. Thanks for the “Imaginary Friend” reference.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

To add, I have family in senior and director levels of the CIA and FBI that I talk to on a regular basis.

I am not a terrorist. However, I understand the methods used to terrorize people.

Your way of business management which includes taking the legal system for a ride can be misconstrued as terrorism. Want me to get that kind of job? It’d be pretty easy, and I’d easily be able to build a group of people against you. Bring the guns on.

See Michael Moore “Capitalism: A Love Story”.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

Okay, sure you don’t believe in God. Whatever. That does not magically invalidate anything Jesus may of had to teach us.

As Atheists like to point out, the Bible tends to be a little hypocritical with Church teachings and more than a little inconsistent. So look at it scientifically rather than ignore it completely.

I swear, the only useful atheists are the ones that can still argue philosophy without being children about it.

Anonymous Coward says:

While it’s entertaining to make fun of old Jack, it’s worth keeping in mind that this guy is suffering from serious mental illness. He actually believes that he is on a mission from God to stop people from playing violent video games.

He is to be pitied, and would be a harmless nut if it weren’t for the fact that he goes around noisily suing everybody he can think of.

Jack should probably be institutionalised to prevent him from doing further harm to himself and others.

Lucretious (profile) says:

Gamepolitics.com has gone above and beyond in attempting treat Thompson fairly and actually give the guy a place to vent his garbage. Of course the commenters have been less than polite but given Jack’s rhetoric, he shouldn’t be surprised.

BTW, I can assure you Thompson is very familiar with the Safe Harbors law. Its just that Jacky boy wants the law bent to his own narcissistic view and doesn’t give a shit about existing case-law, court decorum, protocol, etc.

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