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What’s Section 230? The social media law is in the crosshairs of Congress

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An effigy of Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, dressed as a January 6, 2021, insurrectionist is placed near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2021. Protester set up effigies of Big Tech CEO’s as the US Congress held hearings about the spread of disinformation and misinformation on their platforms. A decades-old law shields social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter from lawsuits over content their users post on their platforms. Now it’s under attack as lawmakers look to hold social media platforms accountable.

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill generally agree that changes need to be made to Section 230, a provision in the Communications Decency Act that gives legal protections to social media companies.

Calls for reform have taken on new urgency as social media companies battle a flood of misinformation on their sites, which include disinformation about the coronavirus vaccines , the outcome of the US presidential election and the deadly attack on the US Capitol in January . Extremist content and conspiracy theories posted on social media platforms have turned into real world violence. In spite of the companies’ efforts to address these concerns, lawmakers on Thursday during yet another Congressional hearing featuring CEOs from […]

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