ESPN Continues to Defend Adam Schefter Over Medical Records Tweet

On May 16, 2016, ESPN continued their legal support of star reporter Adam Schefter’s reporting by filing another motion asking a Florida federal judge to dismiss the case due to First Amendment protections for a matter of public interest. This case arose after Schefter tweeted New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records to support his reports that Pierre-Paul had successfully undergone surgery to amputate his right index finger stemming from a Summer 2015 fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul filed a civil suit claiming a violation …

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Twitter Wins Deal to Stream Thursday Night NFL Games

The NFL has announced that Twitter won the bidding over the rights to live stream NFL Thursday Night Football games. Twitter outbid many other large companies, such Yahoo, Amazon, Google, Apple, Verizon, and Facebook.

The deal is valued at about $10 million and involves Twitter streaming 10 Thursday night games in this upcoming season. One of the great appeals of Twitter is that it does not require a subscription.

The NFL took an interest in expanding online services over traditional television after the great success …

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ESPN Claims Tweet was Lawful in Jason Pierre-Paul’s Civil Suit

On Thursday April 7, 2016, ESPN told a Florida federal court that it cannot be held liable for a tweet sent out by reporter Adam Schefter in 2015, where images of New York Giants defensive star Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records were uploaded to the internet. The case stems from an incident in the summer of 2015, where Schefter, one of ESPN’s most popular NFL insiders, was covering the story of Pierre-Paul’s July 4th fireworks accident, in which he blew off part of his right …

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#BigBrotherisWatching Twitter Takes on US Gov Over Disclosure of Surveillance Information Requests

A recent agreement between tech companies Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo and the Justice Department provided that these companies would be allowed to disclose when certain national security forces – such as those acting under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – required the tech giants to turn over information related to their users.  Now, the social media company Twitter has announced that it is ready to sue the Obama administration for the right to disclose information related to government surveillance requests targeting Twitter users.…

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Settlement Allows PeopleBrowsr to Continue Drinking From Twitter’s Firehose Through End of 2013

On April 25, 2013, Twitter Inc. and PeopleBrowsr Inc. (a social media data analytics company) settled a lawsuit in California federal court over alleged violations of various anti-competition statutes.  PeopleBroswr filed suit against Twitter last November after Twitter threatened to cut off the company’s access to the “Firehose” data feed.

Currently, PeopleBroswr purchases social media data from Twitter through the company’s “Firehose” feed, a constantly flowing source of information generated by all of the ‘tweets’ that flows through Twitter on a second-by-second basis.  In order …

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