The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has given an expansive reading to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, ruling that the online dating site Grindr cannot be held liable on a claim that it negligently allowed a minor to utilize the site. Giving a whole new meaning to “chutzpah,” William Saponaro sued Grindr after he was arrested for engaging in sex with a minor who used the site to arrange the encounter. The court granted Grindr’s motion to dismiss, finding that the plaintiff was attempting to hold Grindr responsible for “failing to monitor its site,” and that such a claim was barred by the CDA. While courts generally have interpreted the CDA immunity broadly, a few courts facing similar claims have denied CDA immunity.
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