AG Barr Critiques Big-Tech Immunity For Web Content
Law360 (February 19, 2020, 11:10 PM EST) -- Attorney General Bill Barr expressed concern Wednesday about the "expansive reach" of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a legal shield that has long protected tech giants from being held liable for content posted by third parties.
In opening remarks at a U.S. Department of Justice workshop on Section 230, Barr told the audience he wasn't there to "advocate for a position" on the provision, but he offered "a few preliminary observations" that suggested an unfavorable view.
For one, the attorney general said, courts' "broad interpretation" of Section 230 has "severely diminished" the ability of federal authorities to take on...
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