What Is Section 230? How Two Supreme Court Cases Could Impact Free Speech Online

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The Supreme Court heard two cases this week, Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh, which could have major effects on social media and speech. These cases will determine whether Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act should shield companies (that hosts messages) from being sued by someone who feels wronged by something posted or seen. If Section 230 protections fade it is likely that entities such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and others could further monitor or limit communications online because of liability risks. These platforms are an important part of community and speech, and the arguments were comprehensive and important -really fascinating to consider!