Guy Sues Facebook For His Failure To Be Elected To Congress

from the proving-why-you-shouldn't-be-in-congress dept

Another day, another silly lawsuit. Michael Scott points us to this hilarious lawsuit from Majed Moughni, who tried to run for Congress last year in Michigan. He came in fourth in the primaries, but he's suing Facebook, claiming it's responsible for his loss. How so? Well, he claims that he was accumulating friends on Facebook in the lead up to the primaries, and then Facebook killed his account. Facebook notes that his account was halted because of activity that appeared to be doing things similar to spammers -- and that users who face this issue are alerted to it before their accounts are cut off. It seems likely that this lawsuit will get tossed out pretty damn quickly, as soon as Facebook points out that it has every right to deny service to folks based on a desire to protect users. Section 230 allows companies to filter as they see fit and not see any liability for those choices, and it seems that this case should be covered. Of course, for someone running for Congress, you would hope they actually understood the law on these issues, but I guess that's not really a requirement.

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    Arin, 3 Mar 2011 @ 10:40pm

    More to the story

    http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2011/03/03/news/doc4d6ad4e64c6c6062265850.txt


    "Moughni had about 1,600 Facebook “friends” and was adding between 20 and 100 a day when the account was shut down. The wheels were set in motion, he believes, when Dingell supporters complained to Facebook about comments Moughni made on his page criticizing the Congressman for introducing a resolution recognizing Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga’s near-perfect game last year. Instead of that, Moughni said, Dingell should have been condemning the assault of Turkish aid workers headed for Palestine by Israeli security workers.

    Read that last sentence again. Devil's in the details.

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