By Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News, 10-28-21

On the same week that it was reported that Netflix tweaked its search algorithms a year ago to hide French film Cuties and quash a controversy surrounding the movie, it’s now been revealed that Netflix has declared that its algorithms are protected by the First Amendment.

Netflix is being sued in a Northern California federal court by the family of Isabella Herndon. The lead plaintiff, John Herndon, blames his daughter’s suicide on her viewing of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why … which debuted in March 2017 and focused on a young man determined to find out why a high school classmate took her own life. (The Libertarian-targeted Reason was the first to publish the lawsuit.) …

Netflix has petitioned the court for dismissal of the suit under California’s “anti-SLAPP” statute, which permits courts to toss complaints based on protected speech.  » Read More