A federal judge in Washington condition has dismissed a cyber-squatting declare brought by the Washington Chapter of The Satanic Temple.
The United Federation of Church buildings LLC, doing organization as The Satanic Temple, filed a lawsuit towards a group of former Temple users who it claimed erased the contents of the Temple’s social media accounts and replaced it with information that was critical of the corporation.
In 2014, the Washington Chapter produced a business web page on Facebook to disseminate information and facts about The Satanic Temple. The web page currently has over 17,000 followers. A different Facebook site linked with the Temple and named TST WA allies, has about 500 followers.
The Temple alleged that in March 2020, former church users David Johnson and Mickey Meeham hacked into the Fb web pages and exceeded their authorization by getting rid of all Temple-authorized directors from the account besides the other defendants named in the go well with.
Meeham was accused of transforming the identify of the TST WA allies web site to “Evergreen Memes for Queer Satanic Pals” and uploading a publish stating that the web site was “no extended affiliated with The Satanic Temple.”
Suggestions that the Washington Chapter experienced supported “ableism, misogyny, and racism,” transphobia, and police brutality were being allegedly included to the site by Meeham.
The Temple claimed that times following Meeham’s alleged steps, Johnson logged into the chapter’s principal Facebook webpage, modified the contents, taken off Temple-accredited administrators, and posted bogus claims about the church.
Johnson allegedly accused the leadership of the Temple of becoming “cozy with the alt-right,” and “insufficiently leftist.” He was further accused of modifying the Temple’s profile description in their Twitter account and “subsequent a number of extremist groups to generate a fake impression of affiliation in between The Satanic Temple and extremism.”
Defendant Leah Fishbaugh was accused of switching the password, restoration email, and phone quantity related with the Temple’s Google accounts.
The Temple has due to the fact recovered entry to its Twitter and Google accounts but was unable to recuperate obtain to the Fb web pages.
Choose Richard A. Jones dismissed the Temple’s lawsuit on February 26, after concluding that “post-area paths” or “vanity URLs” are not thought of “domain names” less than the Anti-Cybersquatting Customer Protection Act.