Why tech startups have so much riding on the future of Section 230

Why tech startups have so much riding on the future of Section 230

When Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was enacted in 1996, the Internet was a much smaller and more user-friendly place. The controversial law – which frees online platforms from legal liability for much of the content their users post – was passed at the start of the dot-com bubble, when many of today’s tech giants were still in the process of being young upstarts.

Section 230 has played an important role in enabling the amazing growth of tech companies that rely on third-party content. Now, with calls to repeal the law coming from all walks of life, it’s fair to wonder if a startup in 2021 could still thrive without its protective reports, Inc.

It’s a dilemma facing lawmakers and digital rights advocates. Critics of the 230 repeal say the new platforms, fearing mountains of litigation, will choose not to allow any third-party content. Some fear that the repeal will end the free Internet as we know it. But even among the anti-repeal factions in Washington,…

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