The Delaware computer shop owner who turned over Hunter Biden’s laptop and was crucified in the media for it has sued Twitter for $500 million.
John Paul Mac claims Twitter defamed him by calling him a “hacker” after the media discovered and named him as the source of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
In his lawsuit he says Twitter’s actions forced him to shut down his business after the social media company said the New York Post’s exposé on the laptop violated its “hacked materials” policy to limit the spread of the story.
From Zero Hedge:
“Plaintiff is not a hacker and the information obtained from the computer does not [constitute] hacked materials because Plaintiff lawfully gained access to the computer,” reads Mac’s complaint, adding that thanks to Twitter citing its “hacked materials” policy, he is now “widely considered a hacker,” and has received negative online reviews along with threats against himself and his property – forcing him to ultimately shutter the Mac Shop.
After first citing its “hacked materials” policy for the URL blocking, Twitter a day later revised that policy to allow tweets that discuss hacked material and that the company would now add labels to (rather than block) posts that link to such content.
On Oct. 30, Twitter made another update: The social network said that enforcement decisions made under policies that are subsequently changed will no longer be applied retroactively. “This means that because a specific @nypost enforcement led us to update the Hacked Materials Policy, we will no longer restrict their account under the terms of the previous policy and they can now Tweet again,” the Twitter Safety team said in a thread. In addition, the Post’s previous tweets linking to the Biden stories, which Twitter had disabled, were restored. -Variety
After Twitter blocked the story, President Trump threatened to strip big tech platforms of Section 230 protections, which allow companies like Twitter to moderate content without legal liability for offensive posts made by its users.
Mac may also have a bone to pick with Democrats and mainstream media outlets, who said that Russia was behind the laptop scandal.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called it a “propaganda coup from Vladimir Putin.”
Hunter’s Laptop: Computer Repair Shop Owner Sues Twitter For $500 Million In Defamation Suit https://t.co/LuWpgr6CZp— zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 29, 2020