The owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware is suing Twitter for defamation, because of the way the social media platform chose to apply its censorship policies that wound up painting him as a hacker.
We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here.
John Paul Mac Isaac’s Mac Shop was the shop that recovered data from Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s computer. The New York Post in October published an article based on the retrieved data. Among other revelations that the Post reported, citing the contents of the hard drive – obtained via an attorney for Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani – the Biden family’s business dealings and meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs had also been exposed. The Biden camp, however, disputed these claims.
Since all this came at the height of the presidential campaign, Twitter, along with other giant social networks, immediately moved to suppress the story by citing a ban on “hacked materials.” Even though this claim couldn’t stand for long even on Twitter, which the next day changed its mind and said the Post’s reporting was not violating the said policy, this censorship choice was enough to ruin his good name and that of his business, Mac Isaac claims in his lawsuit.
The computer repair shop’s owner’s filing states that Biden failed to collect his laptop or pay for the repair after 90 days, at which point the hardware became “abandoned”; it adds he is now nevertheless considered “a hacker” thanks to Twitter’s actions, which he said were deliberate, and that he started receiving threats, along with negative reviews. Mac Isaac wants Twitter to pay $500 million in punitive damages and state publicly that the “hacker” allegation made against him via the social network’s censorship policy was false.