The strange story of Section 230, the obscure law that created our flawed, broken internet

"“Its role in enabling a certain kind of technical innovation is unambiguous,” says Daphne Keller at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “It made it possible for investors to get behind companies who were in the business of transmitting so much speech and information that they couldn't possibly assess it all and figure what was legal or illegal.”

For Jennifer Granick, surveillance and cybersecurity counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, this legal protection gave internet startups the room they needed to flourish online. “There is no way you can have a YouTube where somebody needs to watch every video. There is no way you can have a Facebook if somebody needs to watch every post. There would be no Google if someone had to check every search result,” she says. “It sounds very simple, but the reason the internet is what it is today is because of that. Without question.”"