What is Section 230?
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gave social media giants like Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google, and YouTube broad immunity for the content they publish from users on their sites.
The law dates back to 1996 when no one could foresee the power of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
No One is Happy
The Wall Street Journal reports Social Media’s Liability Shield Is Under Assault
Democrats say the immunity has allowed companies to ignore false and dangerous information spreading online, since the companies generally aren’t liable for harmful content.
Republicans focus their ire on another aspect of Section 230, which says companies broadly aren’t liable for taking down content they deem objectionable. President Trump and others contend liberal-leaning tech companies have used that provision to block conservative views.
“It may make sense for there to be liability for some of the