Speech On The Internet: The First Amendment And Section 230 Are Different

The attack on the Capitol last week and its aftermath have heightened the long-standing debate surrounding internet speech and the moderation of social media. The debate continues to swirl around 26 words tucked inside the Communications Decency Act of 1996 called Section 230. Section 230 says, “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.”

Jeff Kosseff is the author of a book about Section 230 called “The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet.” Kosseff is also an assistant professor of cybersecurity law at the United States Naval Academy. He spoke to Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about what Section 230 is, and isn’t, and where it stands right now. Read more…..


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On Friday, Twitter banned President Trump from the platform “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Since Twitter is a private company, experts say this is not a violation of the First Amendment.»

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