Your civil rights weren’t violated when you were muted out of a video game

A federal court has pulled the plug on a Pennsylvania man’s claim that his civil rights were violated when he was muted out of an online video game.

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Shiken26d ago

The amount of entitlement is mind boggling these days.

kneon26d ago

the amount of stupidity is even more mind boggling. I'm not even American, yet I know that the right to free speech as outlined by their constitution only say that the government can't infringe on your right to free speech. It doesn't mean that you have to listen to some random idiot that you encounter in an online game.

frostypants25d ago

@kneon, ding ding ding! Congrats. You understand our First Amendment better than a good portion of our citizens.

Smokehouse26d ago

Lmao the magic 14th amendment, for when all else fails. What an idiot, I’m glad the courts laughed at this dumb case. I can’t really blame him for trying though, we were lawless for a few years and something like that might have worked.

monkey60226d ago

Seems the guy is trying to make a career out of filling lawsuits. In current culture its probably only a matter of time until he's awarded something.

ArmyVetGamer26d ago

Or countersued... that will teach em.

Smokehouse26d ago (Edited 26d ago )

I think those days are starting to fade.

rainslacker26d ago

I almost want to bookmark this article so I can link it whenever I see someone claiming that their free speech rights are being infringed. The first judge put it really well. Kept it legal, but understandable.

Article was good, but could have used a bit better editing.

frostypants25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

The story doesn't mention that. Did he seriously try that? How would the Fourteenth Amendment even...know what? Don't even care. The guy is clearly an idiot.

"we were lawless for a few years"

We have a president who is about to get away with withholding taxpayer funded assets to extort a foreign power to attack domestic political opponents, because senators are putting political expediency above all else. The precedent being set for the power of future presidents to be completely unchecked is frightening. We also have corporations brazenly ignoring anti-trust legislation because they know the current heads of regulatory bodies will let them get away with it. So I'd say we're not doing so hot on the "lawless" front. But that whole topic is a digression from the fact that this particular guy is a moron.

Smokehouse25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

The article up there now is different than the one I read. Weird.

The trump impeachment is joke not to be taken seriously. If he gets thrown out for separation of powers or aid that he never withheld then this Court and anti-trust crap will be the least of our problems.

rainslacker25d ago

14th amendment deals with equal rights in public places. Like a person cant be excluded or censored from an event, or public place, due to any of the things considered discriminatory.

This is what the appeal was trying to get through to get their case heard, but was thrown out because there was no sign he was muted because he belonged to a protected class. What's funny is that even though the case didnt say if game lobbies or online sessions are covered or considered public, by inference, this guy pretty much just set into precedence that those places can discriminate. Would take a lot more for a valid case to be heard now...probably involving a competent lawyer, and a judge willing to hear the case.

Smokehouse25d ago

Hey rain, is this article different then the one we read yesterday or was it edited?

ArmyVetGamer26d ago (Edited 26d ago )


Just because you're offended, doesn't mean youre right.

Upset person:

How dare you mute me and my freedom of speech!!!


You can shout into your microphone obscenities and racial slurs until you are blue in the face 😁🤗

ninsigma26d ago

Yes, this.

You get to say what you wanna say without being arrested etc but in the real world I get to walk away from you if I don't like what you say. Muting is the virtual equivalent of walking away.

rainslacker26d ago

Curious why he was muted in the first place, although it wouldn't have changed the outcome here. I don't think video game lobbies or online game sessions are eligible parts of Title II which he tried to get the case under. Despite all the head shaking things about what this guy did, what was most laughable was that he tried to represent others in their own court case as if he was qualified, when he couldn't even get his own case going. Makes me think those people that said yes probably were just messing with him.

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