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Should the Government Regulate Social Media Sites to Prevent Fake News and Misinformation?
Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, online platforms are not held liable for what their users post on the platforms. For example, Yelp is not legally responsible for a defamatory review posted on its site by a user.
Debate over issues ranging from fake news and misinformation to child pornography and revenge porn to hate speech and anti-conservative bias on social media have raised questions about whether changes are needed to Section 230.
Some worry that without Section 230, certain sites would have to shut down entirely or stop moderating content, changing the online landscape significantly.
Source: Angela Chen, "What Is Section 230 and Why Does Donald Trump Want to Change It?," technologyreview.com, Aug. 13, 2019
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