On Thursday, Facebook and several of their large social networking competitors stomped out the social networking privacy bill known as SB 242 which would have required all social networking sites to default personal information to private while forcing users to set their own privacy settings before being allowed to use such sites.
The bill, which failed for a second time is not expected to pass back through the halls of the California Senate anytime soon.
In other Facebook courtroom news, executives on Thursday also filed a motion to discredit Paul Ceglia, the guy who claims to own at least 50% of Facebook per an agreement he says he struck with company founder Mark Zuckerberg before the site went live. Facebook’s court filings provide information from a private investigator which shows Ceglia’s long history of fraud, more fraud than has already been reported by mainstream media.
According to the company Ceglia’s contract was a forgery and a close examination of Zuckerberg’s college email show’s that Ceglia failed to pay him. The company also went so far as to hire a linguistic analyst who they say can prove that the email account documents use different language and formatting compared to all of Zuckerberg’s previous works.
So there you have it, a big day on two legal fronts for the world’s largest social network.