Section 230, part of the Telecommunications Decency Act of 1996, may sound like just any obscure piece of legislation, but it plays a crucial role in protecting your online freedom.
When Section 230 became law in 1996, it brought common sense to the table — content creators should be held responsible for their own words, not the platforms playing host.
However, in recent years, there has been significant pushback against Section 230 from figures across the political spectrum.
There was a time when the debate around Section 230 was limited to the underworld of D.C. tech policy folks, but this is certainly no longer the case. While this once obscure part of the Communications Decency Act was gradually becoming more of a discussion point, it was thrust into the mainstream when Twitter and Facebook banned Donald Trump from their platforms after he posted incendiary tweets. Here’s why we should defend Section 230…
Technological advances have made it much easier for individuals to express themselves, but are major tech companies now stifling free speech?