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7 principles for reforming Section 230 (and none include policing internet speech)*

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7 principles for reforming Section 230 (and none include policing internet speech)*

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Washington, D.C., is buzzing about Section 230 ó internet regulations within the Communications Decency Act. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed reforming Section 230 to give government a greater hand in controlling online speech. That dangerous path could lead to free-speech infringements that would change the internet as we know it for the worse. Congress should not police online speech. But If lawmakers want to rewrite the law, they should not regulate free expression and stifle innovation. Instead they should consider these seven principles: 1.)*Content creators bear responsibility for their speech Section 230, as is, allows for the law to hold content creators liable for the content they create. The law restricts who can be liable for the harmful content created by others. So, if lawmakers donít think Section 230 does enough to deter bad actors online, they should invest more in enforcement of existing laws, and identify and remove obstacles to enforcement. Lawmakers should avoid imposing criminal liability on websites and internet service providers for unlawful user-generated content. That could have a chilling effect on American innovation and could result in harmful censorship. 2.) The government canít ban constitutionally protected speech The First Amendment prohibits the […]

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