Section 230—Mend It, Don’t End It

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from Heritage Foundation,
10/27/20; updated 12/23/20:

President Trump vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021 because it did not reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which Big Tech has abused to act as content publishers (without assuming the legal responsibilities). The Heritage Foundation has written about the need to reform Section 230 to return it to its original intent.

Congress should refine Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that markets and civil discourse remain free and fair.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other tech firms have squandered the public trust with inconsistent and often political moderation and censorship of user content.

Section 230 must be carefully refined to better fit the statute’s original intent and to restrain potential abuses of its protections.

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