Ala. Man Cleared On Rape Sues Facebook For Negligence

By Emma Whitford (January 25, 2021, 6:45 PM EST) -- A central Alabama man and his family have sued Facebook, county officials, a minor who allegedly accused him of rape and others, alleging civil rights violations and claims including defamation and negligence. 

Chris McWaters of Elmore County, Alabama, his wife and father filed suit in Alabama federal court Monday, alleging that the county sheriff wrongly arrested him in October 2019 before he had a chance to go before a grand jury. Facebook then allegedly negligently failed to censor "scandalous and slanderous" statements about him.

A grand jury declined to indict McWaters in June 2020, according to the complaint, but the online...

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