Everything You Need to Know About Section 230
Understanding the Communications Decency Act
What is Section 230? The Communications Decency Act is an obscure law passed by Congress in 1996 that has profoundly shaped today’s internet.
A provision of that law is what’s so hotly contested. Section 230 was intended to protect free expression on the internet by shielding internet companies from liability for much of the content their users post on their platforms and granting companies legal immunity for good faith efforts to remove content.
That provision helped fuel the rise of the modern internet. Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube say they could not exist in their current form without its protections.
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