Sunday, February 12, 2012

Brazil sues Twitter of motorist's busting of speed traps

Brazil is suing Twitter over communications from drivers who tweet warnings about speed traps and police roadblocks.  CNN has the story (website url) here.  

Twitter apparently may be able to limit the display of offending tweets just in Brazil. But in the US, Twitter probably couldn’t be held liable because of Section 230.  Possibly there could be issues in national security or leakage (but then you get into the shield problem).

Service providers could be seriously compromised by downstream liability overseas even if it would not happen in the US.  YouTube is fighting a case in Italy (Feb. 24, 2010) where Italy assess criminal liability to executives for invasion of privacy or incitement of a hate crime in its company for content on its servers.

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