Lawsuits over Internet comments may impact speech, experts say - KMSP-TV

Lawsuits over Internet comments may impact speech, experts say

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

The warnings have been out there to be careful what you say on social media. Now the penalties of not heeding that advice are coming.

For those who engage in social media, two cases should get your attention. Arguments were held Thursday in the Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader's defamation lawsuit against gossip website The Dirty, run by Nik Ritchie. Sarah Jones was awarded $338,000 last year for being called promiscuous, amongst other things.

But should the gossip site be immune, Jones's win last year got the attention of Internet giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon -- all companies that don't want to be held responsible for what people post on their sites. A law exists that broadly protects websites from lawsuits, though there may be a key difference in this case: Ritchie often adds his own comments to stir the pot.

Just last week we learned 50 Cent may not wield the magic stick when it comes to social media. He made a blistering comment about a performer in one of his music videos for posting a picture, slamming her on Instagram as "self-serving." She is suing for $10 million, saying his comment caused her to lose three job offers.

In the comment slamming that performer, 50 Cent also hash-tagged a line of headphones. Experts say that may come back to cost him, if that slam is seen as an opportunity to promote some other project of his.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Trench collapse traps workers

    Trench collapse traps workers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:56:22 GMT
    Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon.
    Two construction workers were rescued from a collapsed trench outside a home in Rye, N.Y. on Thursday.  Firefighters from across Westchester County responded to the scene at 15 Bradford Ave. at about noon.
  • 5 annoying things about the New York City subway

    5 annoying things about the New York City subway

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:55:21 GMT
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
  • Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

    Woman plunges to death over cliff in Catskills

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:42:28 GMT
    Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet.
    Authorities say a 23-year-old woman trying to take a picture by the edge of a cliff in the Catskill Mountains died after falling more than 150 feet.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices