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Shari Claire Lewis Shari Claire Lewis

Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) was enacted to facilitate the growth of the Internet, by immunizing Internet service providers (ISPs) from liability in connection with third party content that appeared on their “interactive computer service.” It states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” The benefit of immunizing ISPs from liability for third party content that violates widely shared social values or laws has been increasingly questioned—especially when that content promotes terrorism, sexual exploitation, or hate speech.

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