Months before Fox News, HBO aired voting machine allegations in a documentary. It wasn’t sued

While Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News for $1.6 billion for defamation for reporting on allegations its voting machines were hacked and flipped election results in the 2020 presidential election, the company hasn’t taken legal action against HBO for a 2020 documentary detailing the alleged vulnerabilities of its machines.

HBO’s “Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections” includes interviews with politicians, cybersecurity experts and hackers discussing issues with voting machines. Released in March 2020, the documentary is still available to watch on HBO Max.

One of the hackers interviewed, Harri Hursti, successfully hacked a Diebold Election Systems voting machine in a 2005 test and changed the votes in one step without a trace, according to an April 2020 Forbes article about “Kill Chain.”

Dominion filed its own opposition brief on Monday to a motion for summary judgment filed by Fox News, and responded to the media company’s First Amendment claims in a statement.

“Dominion is a strong believer in the First Amendment and its protections,” according to Dominion’s statement on Monday. “As long-settled law makes clear, the First Amendment does not shield broadcasters that knowingly or recklessly spread lies.”



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