Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecommunications law – provides a legal protection for internet companies. It shields them from liability for user posts as well as liability for any claims for moderating content. Photo: Agence France-Presse Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecommunications law – provides a legal protection for internet companies. It shields them from liability for user posts as well as liability for any claims for moderating content. Photo: Agence France-Presse
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecommunications law – provides a legal protection for internet companies. It shields them from liability for user posts as well as liability for any claims for moderating content. Photo: Agence France-Presse

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Section 230, a US law that made the modern internet

  • Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecoms law – provides a legal ‘safe harbour’ for internet companies
  • That was challenged by US President Donald Trump in an executive order, one that would strip those protections if online platforms engaged in ‘editorial decisions’

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Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecommunications law – provides a legal protection for internet companies. It shields them from liability for user posts as well as liability for any claims for moderating content. Photo: Agence France-Presse Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecommunications law – provides a legal protection for internet companies. It shields them from liability for user posts as well as liability for any claims for moderating content. Photo: Agence France-Presse
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act – itself part of a broader US telecommunications law – provides a legal protection for internet companies. It shields them from liability for user posts as well as liability for any claims for moderating content. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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