How Congress could destroy social media

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But if Congress is going to have any conversation about reforming Section 230, the aim should be sharpening companies’ sword, not dulling it. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects Internet companies from liability for posts from third parties, with few exceptions. These lines would be hard to draw, and there’s always the threat that Internet companies nervous about getting bogged down in expensive litigation would adopt overzealous removal policies. Mr. Otherwise, those 4 billion people will find the Internet a lot less friendly.

Article PreviewBy Editorial Board July 13 at 6:55 PM

TWENTY-SIX WORDS may be responsible for a system that today serves more than 4 billion people around the world. Now, some in Congress want to rewrite them.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects Internet companies from liability for posts from third parties, with few exceptions. It’s this immunity that allows sites such as Twitter to host hundreds of millions of people’s musings in real time...

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