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 October 10, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Online, U.S.

Jeff Kosseff, who has a book about Section 230 that more people need to read, writes:

When I started writing a book about an arcane internet law more than three years ago, I never could have predicted the controversy that I would encounter.

My book, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, tells the history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that protects online platforms from liability for many types of user content. The most important 26 words of Section 230 state: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

Those words have fostered the revolutionary business models of Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, and many other vehicles for free speech. In some cases, the 26 words also have protected a some platforms that have turned a blind eye toward, and even enabled, defamation and other serious harms.

Read more on The Regulatory Review.

 

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