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Thompson sues Facebook over threatening posts in the "I hate Jack Thompson" Facebook group

Jack Thompson, the disbarred crusader against violent video games, has sued Facebook, alleging site users posted violent threats against him. In a Facebook group called "I Hate Jack Thompson", one post in particular was singled out and mentioned in the lawsuit. The posting stated, “Jack Thompson should be smacked across the face with an Atari 2600.”

According to the lawsuit, Thompson suffered emotional distress because of the postings and that the site content was not properly supervised. He is seeking $120 million in damages. Requests to remove the postings were faxed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but received no response according to the Bloomberg article.

Facebook responded by email to the lawsuit stating it was, "Without merit" and that they would "fight it vigorously"

Pary Aftab, a lawyer and the executive director of Wired Safety, stated, “I think there is no liability because of what somebody does on their Web site.”

As of this writing, the "I Hate Jack Thompson" group has 1,436 members and ironically Thompson's lawsuit is helping to promote the group as word of the lawsuit spreads.





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