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Gay Conversion Church Loses Appeal Over Vimeo Account

  • Court upholds ruling Vimeo can bar ‘objectionable’ material
  • Case involved controversial law shielding internet companies
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Vimeo Inc. is immune to a lawsuit by a church whose account it deleted for promoting gay conversion, the federal appeals court in New York ruled, amid a battle over online speech.

Church United and its president and founder, James Domen, claimed that the video-hosting platform had illegally discriminated against them over religion and sexual orientation. The court on Thursday upheld a ruling that dismissed their lawsuit, invoking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a crucial factor in the development of the internet that provides a broad shield from liability for Vimeo and other tech companies, including Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc.