Understanding Section 230

In 1996, a landmark internet regulation was passed to protect tech companies (such as MySpace, Twitter, Google, Yelp and Facebook) from any liability caused by content users published on their platforms. Known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the aim was to protect entrepreneurial endeavors and help the internet flourish. Though it has come under fire over the years, now it faces intense scrutiny from politicians who are concerned about the proliferation of hate speech, misinformation and perceived censorship. Even the architects of Section 230, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Chris Cox, believe some revision is needed. Take a closer look at what this Act is and how it could change.

Understanding Section 230