Hunter Biden: Twitter Sued for $500 Million by Man Who Turned-Over the ‘Laptop’
John Paul Mac Isaac, owner of the computer repair shop who turned over the Hunter Biden laptop, has filed a $500 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter.
John Paul Mac Isaac, owner of the computer repair shop who turned over the Hunter Biden laptop, has filed a $500 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter. The legal suit claims the tech giant targeted him and is his small business repair shop.
The lawsuit is centered around a story published by the New York Post concerning emails discovered on the laptop Hunter Biden had abandoned at Isaac’s Mac Shop computer repair business in Delaware. The laptop was left at Isaac’s shop for repair in April 2019, however Hunter abandoned it, never returning to pick it up. After a set period of time had passed, Isaac became the legal owner of the laptop. The store owner then provided the laptop to the FBI along with an attorney who works with Rudy Giuliani.
Isaac has now sued the social media giant for defamation, alleging that he and his company was disparaged by Twitter via messages the company used to censor the New York Post’s story shared on the platform.
In October, Twitter froze the New York Post’s account while also restricting its users from sharing articles that mentioned the emails retrieved from the Hunter Biden laptop. Twitter replaced the tweets with a message stating they violated its rules against posting “hacked materials.”
Isaac also alleges that he had to close his business and flee the area after receiving death threats over the controversy.
“Defendant’s actions and statements had the specific intent to communicate to the world that Plaintiff is a hacker,” Isaac’s lawsuit, filed on Monday, says. “The term ‘hacker’ is widely viewed as disparaging, particularly when said about someone who owns a computer repair business.”
“Plaintiff is not a hacker and the information obtained from the computer does not [include] hacked materials because Plaintiff lawfully gained access to the computer, first with the permission of its owner, Biden, and then, after Biden failed to retrieve the hard drive despite Plaintiff’s requests, in accordance with the Mac Shop’s abandoned property policy,” the lawsuit continues. “Plaintiff, as a direct result of Defendant’s actions and statements is now widely considered a hacker and, on the same day Defendant categorized the Plaintiff as a hacker, Plaintiff began to receive negative reviews of his business as well as threats to his person and property.”
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has already admitted that the company should not have censored the story.
“We were called here today because of an enforcement decision we made against the New York Post based on a policy we created in 2018 to prevent Twitter from being used to spread hacked materials. This resulted in us blocking people from sharing a New York Post article publicly or privately,” Dorsey testified to Congress on Nov. 17. “We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.”
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