Posted March 20, 2019 12:53:53A federal judge has denied a lawsuit against the social media giant by two men who say the platform promoted their hatred of gays.
The case was filed in June 2017 by two New York City gay men, both who have since died.
The plaintiffs argued that the platform violated their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and association.
The two men, a 29-year-old former Marine and a 22-year old from Texas, are both gay men and have been in relationships with women for several years.
They are seeking $50 million in damages.
The judge in the case rejected their claim on Tuesday, writing that the plaintiffs’ claim was based on “misleading” claims that Facebook’s anti-gay content was a “hostile environment for them.”
“In no way does Facebook promote hatred, fear, or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” the judge wrote.
“Nor does Facebook violate their right to freedom from fear, discrimination, and retaliation, or other constitutionally protected rights.”
The judge also rejected a motion for dismissal, saying that the lawsuit had no merit.