FCC moving to “clarify” section 230 which protects operators of forums such as this


first, the link refers to political maneuverings
but I posted it anyway because it could potentially affect a forum such as this
the “clarification” is aimed at the tech giants – Facebook, Google and Twitter
but it also, as far as I can determine, applies to forums such as this

section 230 indicates that a forum operator can’t be sued because of posts made by users

the above sentence is probably an oversimplification – as this is a complicated issue

this is section 230 which is in bold and then after that an explanatory comment from the link:

“Section 230 says that “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” (47 U.S.C. § 230). In other words, online intermediaries that host or republish speech are protected against a range of laws that might otherwise be used to hold them legally responsible for what others say and do. The protected intermediaries include not only regular Internet Service Providers (ISPs), but also a range of “interactive computer service providers,” including basically any online service that publishes third-party content. CDA 230 creates a broad protection that has allowed innovation and free speech online to flourish.”



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