There’s been increased controversy surrounding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) – the law which prevents internet service providers like Facebook, Twitter and Google from being held liable for content their users post. So why are lawmakers, activists and lay people alike at odds over Section 230? Here are 5 things Black America needs to know about Section 230 protections for social media companies.
1. Passed in 1996, Section 230 is credited with creating the internet as we know it
Section 230 of the CDA was passed in 1996 and was intended to protect freedom of speech for internet users in the United States.
The key provision of law which is currently at the center of controversy states: “No 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.” The provision is also known as “the 26 words that created the internet.” Click here to read entire article