The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) joined a bipartisan coalition of advocacy organizations, trade associations, investors, and legal scholars in voicing their strong support for Section 230 of the Communications Act and their opposition to a proposal from State Attorneys General to create a new exception to the law that would give them broad authority to prosecute the Internet’s intermediaries for crimes conducted by their users.
Section 230 allows Internet companies to host or transmit third-party content without being legally liable for the material that their users post and share. Because of Section 230’s protections, innovative online services such as YouTube, Facebook, and eBay can provide platforms for the content, commentary, and commerce of people in the U.S. and all over the world.
In a letter delivered to Congressional leadership today, the coalition stated, “Section 230 is the legal cornerstone of the Internet economy, enabling the unprecedented scope of lawful commerce and free expression that the Internet supports today. By substantially eroding this essential protection, the proposed amendment would jeopardize the continued growth of the entire Internet industry and the free expression rights of Internet users everywhere. We urge Congress not to go down this dangerous path.”