District Court Rejects Attempt to Bind Social Media Platforms to Anti-Libel Injunction
From Weitsman v. Levesque, decided Friday by Judge Janis L. Sammartino (S.D. Cal.):
[T]he Court has concerns about ordering third parties, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, to take action against Defendant should he fail to remove the material in accordance with the injunction. See Proposed Order (providing that the Court requests that “Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and other websites with the same or similar defamatory content about Plaintiffs remove all associated webpages and URLs from their respective search indexes and websites”).
Plaintiffs can request that these third parties voluntarily remove the material in question and/or suspend Defendant’s accounts, and, should Defendant fail to comply with the terms of the injunction, they can return to this Court and seek to hold Defendant in contempt or sanction him. However, the Court will not compel third parties who have not appeared in this matter to act. Any mandatory injunction is
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