It appears that the computer repairman that turned over the Hunter Biden laptop will be paying Twitter’s legal fees after losing in Federal court badly. John Paul Mac Isaac claimed Twitter’s throttling of information alleged to have come from that laptop pretty much made him appear to be a hacker, which would do serious damage to his business.
The Court disagreed. It dismissed the case with prejudice and ordered the repairman to pay Twitter’s legal fees. Not being a lawyer myself, it is diffiuclt to determine the soundnes of this ruling, but, on the surface, it seemed a bit of a reach to attempt to sue Twitter for this, not that I’m losing sleep about Twitter facing lawsuits.
Still, it is a big win for Twitter, for better or for ill, and a bad loss for our computer repairman, for better or worse.
A federal court in Florida has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Twitter by the Delaware computer repairman who briefly captured national attention during the Hunter Biden laptop story. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be filed again, and the plaintiff was ordered to pay Twitter’s attorneys’ fees.
John Paul Mac Isaac sued the technology giant (and a wholly-owned subsidiary) in February. He argued that Twitter’s decision to lock The New York Post‘s account while Post staffers “attempted to post and disseminate its exposé [about the lurid contents of the laptop] on the social media platform” was akin to calling him a hacker because Twitter cited its rationale for the time-limited ban as a violation of Twitter’s rules against “distribution of hacked material.”
“Further actions taken by Defendant Twitter in response to the NY Posts’s story included limiting the distribution of the story by others on its social media platform pursuant to the same policy thereby spreading the belief among its users, including Florida resident users, that the Plaintiffs is a hacker,” the lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleged.