The Worst Section 230 Bill Yet

Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“In recent years, there’s been a steady stream of terrible proposals to amend Section 230, the part of federal communications law that’s made the internet as we know it possible. Without Section 230, websites would either be much more mired in toxic content or much more prone to suppressing all but the blandest speech. Yet weakening Section 230 has become a weird political hobby horse for both the left and the right, in part because so much misinformation surrounds it and in part because a lot of politicians loathe communications platforms (like social media and the internet more broadly) outside of their control. Generally, such designs take the form of content-specific carve-outs …. But a new proposal does away with even that much nuance. It would simply ‘sunset’ Section 230 after next year.” (05/15/24)