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SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT OF 1996
47 USC ' 230
CDA no protects web services and social networks, such as Facebbok.
Twitter, and pipes, from who held legally responsable tor postlng or
facilitating outline speech. Without it, service providers would become
targets lot individuals, governments. and corporations who want to innit
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protected against most legal claims eased on what their users say or do.
which means that they can be lowed to censor user content.
NOTE on 230 ' T Apron To AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW
WHAT IF THERE WERE NO CDA 230 TO PROTECT ONLINE SPEECH?
moss AND SOCIAL MEDIA WOULD LOOK RADICALLY DIFFERENT.
Sites like Huffington Past, innovation would Be
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and Riddel could be sued media platforms and products
every time a user crossed would lace new legal
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Bless, review sites, forums, . Sites may Veal pressure to
and other sites that deal with limit realities posts in order
controversial issues could be to review them to avoid
pressured to silence liability.
SITES WOULD HAVE To PAY MUCH, MUCH MORE FOR:
Lawyers to review More lawyers to Financial damages.
content. Bl right lawsuits.
THESE COSTS Como BE PASSED TO minus wees.
Essentially, you would be paying to protect your right to free speech (amine.
ism WOULD BE MOTIVATED To CENSOR CONTENT.
Internet service providers whistleblowers and corporate
might block mess to some Parody sites and political watchdogs could have trouble
IF addresses based on forums could be particularly fiath" o outlets For their
legal threats. hard hit. formation.
The result? Von and your moms
websites, depending on your ISP.
REAL LIFE EXAMPLES, COUNTRIES THAT DON' T HAVE CDA 230:
ght have different access to different
Act holds bloggers
and ism criminally
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or site criticizes the the rounder at the Turkish
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WHO' D BE AFFECTED?
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SITE OPERATORS AND ism HOST AND CARRY
AND ARE IN NO POSITION TO EVALUATE THE
LEGALITY or WHAT THEIR USERS Do.
As a result, many sites would simply take down users' content
upon receiving a complaint if they court) be held responsible Mr
it. Strong protection for intermediaries is necessary to ensure
that the Internet remains a place where everyone has an easy.
realities option for free speech.
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