PubPeer’s attorneys responded:

We are deeply troubled that a scientist who exercised his or her right to anonymously report anomalies in scientific research is being threatened with possible liability. The First Amendment protects the right to speak anonymously precisely so that, in circumstances like this one, individuals can report on matters of public interest without fear of retribution. This case is especially troubling because it threatens to weaken the foundation of scientific research, which relies on honest feedback and criticism from one’s peers.

via Lawsuit involving PubPeer unmasks commenter as pseudonymous whistleblower Clare Francis – Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch.

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