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Facebook Avoids TRO in Suit Over Russian ‘Controlled-Media’ Tag

Aug. 27, 2020, 11:14 PM

Facebook Inc. convinced a California federal judge Thursday to deny a request for a temporary restraining order from Maffick LLC, which claims its pages have been wrongly labeled as part of a “state-controlled” Russian media outlet on the platform, because the plaintiff failed to show it would succeed on the merits.

Judge James Donato of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California indicated he couldn’t grant the limited injunction by Maffick seeking a removal of Facebook’s notice, which the social media giant says is part of its efforts to protect its platform from bad actors who might ...