[nexa] In court filing, Facebook admits ‘fact checks’ are nothing more than opinion

380° g380 at biscuolo.net
Mon Dec 13 20:36:57 CET 2021


Buongiorno,

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/12/09/bombshell-in-court-filing-facebook-admits-fact-checks-are-nothing-more-than-opinion/

«In court filing, Facebook admits ‘fact checks’ are nothing more than
opinion»

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In its response to Stossel’s defamation claim, Facebook responds on Page
2, Line 8 in the court document (download it below) that Facebook cannot
be sued for defamation (which is making a false and harmful assertion)
because its ‘fact checks’ are mere statements of opinion rather than
factual assertions.

Opinions are not subject to defamation claims, while false assertions of
fact can be subject to defamation.

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Breve riassunto delle puntate precedenti: John Stossel, un giornalista
libertario USA, si offese che Facebook etichettò un suo post che parlava
degli incendi in nord America come "misleading" [1] basandosi sul lavoro
del loro fornitore di servizi di fact checing “Climate Feedback”; come
non bastasse reiterò l'offesa su un secondo video - titolato “Are We
Doomed?” - etichettandolo come "partly false", tanto che Stossel, dopo
aver chiesto inutilmente spiegazioni, decise di chiamare in giudizio
Facebook (ora Meta) per diffamazione. [2]

In tutta risposta Facebook ha depositato un documento nel quale sostiene
che:

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labels (cioè "false and misleading", n.d.r.) themselves are neither
false nor defamatory; to the contrary, they constitute protected opinion

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Interessante linea difensiva :-D


Saluti, 380°


[1] https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/09/30/john-stossel-sues-facebook-climate-feedback-for-defamation/

[2] https://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3543&context=historical

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