Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Title 47 of U.S.C. §230 (“Section 230”), has been a wide-ranging piece of legislation. Before 230, the common law held online forums and other digital locations liable for knowingly -- or intentionally -- allowing third parties to post defamatory material. Section 230 fundamentally changed the landscape. This presentation will provide an overview of 230, its scope, potential reforms, and practical considerations for practitioners.
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