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US Capitol Building and Dome (East Front)Social media has experienced an unprecedented growth in popularity and usage since its inception. This is owed in large part to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Unlike their print counterparts, internet publishers enjoy an increased level of freedom and immunity under Section 230 for the content they publish. It is Section 230 that gives social media companies, large and small, the ability to manage or host third-party content without fear of lawsuit. As intermediaries, Section 230 ensures these companies will not be liable for filtering decisions that allow them to establish their own standards and delete or modify content they consider obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing or otherwise objectionable—regardless of constitutional protections. But Section 230 also protects them if they decide not to filter such content. However, recent events suggest that Section 230’s until now all-encompassing shield could soon be less so.

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