In 1996, Congress passed Section 230 to protect the still nascent internet from being trampled by litigation. It was unreasonable, Congress felt, to expect websites to be able to police every single thing a user posted online. More importantly, such expectations would probably kill the young internet and stifle innovation. In a single, short statute, Congress protected websites from being sued or prosecuted for content posted by visitors. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called Section 230 “the most important law protecting internet speech.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016