Description: Defamation lawsuit against Facebook and fact-checkers for alleged mischaracterizations of plaintiff's climate change videos.
Stossel v. Facebook, Inc.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/22/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Facebook and Fact-Checkers Sued for Defamation for Labels Applied to Climate Change Videos. The journalist John Stossel, who currently publishes weekly news videos on social media, filed a defamation lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. and two French non-profit organizations that provide fact-checking services to Facebook. Stossel alleged that Facebook on two occasions placed labels over videos concerning climate change that mischaracterized the content of statements in the videos. He alleged that on one of these occasions the defendants falsely attributed to him a statement that climate change does not cause wildfires, and that on the second occasion a “Partly False Information” label was affixed to a video in which Stossel questioned claims made by people he referred to “environmental alarmists.” Stossel asserted that the defendants’ actions injured him in his profession and occupation, and that the defendants acted with malice and that Facebook acted with reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the statements on the labels. Stossel requested injunctive and declaratory relief; general, special, and compensatory damages to make him whole for actual damages and reputational damages (estimated to exceed $1 million); exemplary and punitive damages (estimated to exceed $1 million); and costs of suit.