This post is part of our ‘Shielding the Messengers’ series, which examines issues related to intermediary liability protections, both in the U.S. and globally. Without these protections, the Internet as we know it today – a platform where diverse content and free expression thrive – would not exist.
UPDATE: CDT and a broad coalition of allies have sent a response to Congress defending Section 230 and urging Members to reject the AGs' proposal.
Earlier this week, nearly all of the state Attorneys General launched a broadside attack on the legal cornerstone of the US Internet. As readers of this blog well know, “Section 230” of the Communications Act has been essential to the creation of user-generated content platforms from Facebook all the way back to GeoCities. The law establishes the fundamental principle that when users distribute unlawful material, it's those users who should be held liable – not the operators of the websites or other communications platforms they happen to be using.