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Jack Thompson Sues Facebook For 40 Million

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Posted October 1, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Jack Thompson Bill Amendment Passes in Utah State House CommitteeIt's been awhile since we've heard from game-hating attorney(?) Jack Thompson, but don't worry: Jack Thompson is safe and sound and filing lawsuits in Florida courts. The latest litigant: Facebook. Thompson has reportedly sued Facebook for $40 million, claiming the site harmed him by not removing insulting postings made by Facebook users.

There are several facebook groups devoted to people who don't like Jack Thompson, groups like I Hate Jack Thompson, Disbar Jack Thompson, Stop Jack Thompson, and Jack Thompson should be smacked across the face with an Atari 2600. Thompson says that some of the posts have caused him "great harm and distress" because they involved threats of violence against him, including a since-removed post that apparently read: "I will pay $50 to anyone who punches Jack Thompson in the face. If someone can get a video clip of themselves punching Jack Thompson in the face I'll PayPal them $50."

I'm no lawyer, so I don't know how much responsibility Facebook has for things posted on their site, but no matter how the case comes out, I think Jack Thompson has a point (although it pains me to say it.) Threatening bodily harm to people, even on the internet, is not cool, people. I'll be very surprised if Thompson is awarded anything in this case, but still, don't threaten violence, everyone. It makes all gamers look bad.

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