Chat Rooms Are Protected By Free Speech Principles

In Global Telemedia International, Inc. v. Doe 1 et al., the court dismissed the lawsuit filed for libel against two users who had criticized the company on a chatroom. The court determined that these postings were merely an opinion and could not constitute actionable libel under California law.

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