Meta Defeats Facebook Users' Scam Ads Suit, For Now

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By Bonnie Eslinger (April 28, 2022, 9:28 PM EDT) — Meta beat a putative class action from Facebook users seeking to hold the company liable for money lost to third-party scam ads on the social media platform, as a California federal judge held Wednesday that the suit didn’t establish that the company “materially contributed” to the questionable content.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White, however, gave the consumers leave to amend their complaint, saying it is possible they could allege that Meta’s conduct goes beyond “mere publication” of the ads.

Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act protects online platforms from liability for material posted on their website by someone…

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