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Satanic Temple Loses Cybersquatting Lawsuit Over Facebook Page

March 1, 2021, 8:39 PM

The Satanic Temple failed to convince a federal judge in Washington that it should be allowed to pursue federal cybersquatting claims against a group of individuals who wiped the church’s local Facebook pages and posted content criticizing the organization.

Judge Richard A. Jones dismissed the temple’s lawsuit on Feb. 26, deciding as a matter of first impression that “post-domain paths” or “vanity URLs” aren’t considered “domain names” under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

The church’s lawsuit alleged that the defendants locked out other page administrators and refused to return control of the accounts. It also claimed they posted content on ...

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