Hunter Biden Laptop Repairman’s Federal Libel Lawsuit Against Twitter Dismissed
Mac Isaac v. Twitter, Inc., decided yesterday by Judge Beth Bloom (S.D. Fla.), stems from Twitter’s blocking the New York Post’s about information gotten from Hunter Biden’s laptop, which had apparently been abandoned at John Paul Mac Isaac’s computer repair shop (after it was dropped off so he could “recover information from damaged Mac computers owned by Hunter Biden).
Mac Isaac apparently passed the computer or copies of the material from the computer to the FBI and to Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer; from there it made its way to the New York Post, but when the Post wrote about it, Twitter blocked the Post’s Tweets on the grounds that they supposedly came from “hacked material.” (“Pursuant to [Twitter’s] Hacked Materials Policy, a ‘hack’ is defined as ‘an intrusion or access of a computer, network, or electronic device that was unauthorized or exceeded authorized access.'”)
Mac Isaac sued for libel, but the judge concluded that the statement didn’t sufficiently identify Isaac (though later press accounts did identify him):
Plaintiff alleges that the Explanations are defamatory per se because they created the belief among members of the community that Plaintiff: (1) committed a crime— hacking; (2) was subject to hatred, ridicule, contempt, or disgrace—threats of harm and negative business reviews; and (3) was injured to his trade or business as a result—closed his business…
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