Federal appeals court rejects online game player’s free speech claim

A federal appeals court ruled that a RuneScape game developer did not violate the free speech rights of Amro Elansari in limiting players who violate the game’s Terms and Conditions from chatting freely in RuneScape or from posting to Jajex-hosted forums. (TheGamer, January 27, 2020, by Nathan Marder)

The federal district court made it clear earlier that Elansari’s constitutional claims were empty. “The First Amendment and its constitutional free speech guarantees restrict government actors,” wrote judge Mark Kearney, “not private entities. Defendants, who are not alleged to be state actors, are not subject to constitutional free speech guarantees.” (PC GAMER, January 24, 2020, by Andy Chalk)

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