Everything You Need to Know About Section 230

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Professor Olivier Sylvain comments on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in Lawfare blog post and was featured in a panel discussion on the topic.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has become a frequent topic in the news and political debate. In the past few months alone, the “law that created the internet” has faced attacks ranging from President Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship to calls by Sen. Josh Hawley and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to revoke Section 230.

Olivier Sylvain, professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and a critic of broad applications of Section 230, considered the attempt of the Trump executive order to draw the Federal Communications Commission into the Section 230 debate—which all panelists agreed was a political distraction at worst and a misguided distraction from real internet and telecom issues at best.

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