Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act Turns 20

Law360, New York (September 7, 2016, 12:27 PM EDT) -- Ambika Doran

Tom Wyrwich Twenty years have passed since Congress enacted the Communications Decency Act — a law designed primarily to regulate obscenity and indecency on the internet. The statute made it illegal to knowingly send or show minors obscene or indecent content online. Section 230 of the act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, prohibited treating online service providers as the publisher or speaker of content provided by others or holding providers liable for attempts to eliminate objectionable content. Just a year after the CDA's enactment, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the criminal provisions. Reno v. Am. Civil Liberties Union, 521...

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