Section 230 Reform: Will This Make The Internet Better or Worse?

President Trump continues to pursue reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act AKA big tech’s legal shield. Section 230 provides “Good Samaritan” protection from civil liability for operators of interactive computer services in the removal or moderation of third-party material they deem obscene or offensive, even of constitutionally protected speech, as long as it is done in good faith. Alex discusses the impact reforming section 230 could have on today’s biggest content platforms and explains why it’s difficult to determine what the wide ranging impacts could be. He goes on to outline why, if the legislation is reformed, carving out liability protections for smaller tech startups would be the best move to avoid stifling innovative new companies in the U.S..

This is an excerpt from episode 130 of Winner Take All. Watch the full episode here:

Originally Aired: 12/08/20

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