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The Push for Stricter Rules for Internet Platforms

scissors and paper clips on text of Section 230

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One of the few things about which U.S. Republican and Democratic politicians generally agree these days is that the law widely known as § 230 of the Communications Decency Act needs to be repealed, amended, or reinterpreted.

Section § 230(c)(1) provides Internet platforms with a shield from liability as to information content posted by others. It states that "[n]o 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."


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