April 2, 2023

On Wednesday, March 8 at 19:30 GMT:
In February, the US Supreme Courtroom started listening to arguments for circumstances some have described as having the ability to upend the fashionable web.

On the focus of Gonzalez v Google and a associated case, Twitter v Taamneh, is Part 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which offers web firms a authorized legal responsibility protect in opposition to lawsuits that stem from user-posted content material. The Gonzalez case questions whether or not the algorithm designed by YouTube and its guardian firm Google ought to be held chargeable for recommending ISIL recruitment movies to its customers, whereas the Taamneh case examines whether or not Twitter is chargeable for aiding and abetting “worldwide terrorism” by permitting ISIL content material on its website.

Debate over the circumstances comes as tech companies face growing scrutiny and stress to be held accountable for internet hosting dangerous or offensive content material on their platforms. But those that defend Part 230, together with open web proponents and rights teams just like the ACLUbelieve a broad interpretation of the legislation is integral to free expression on-line and the very existence of social media.

On this episode of The Stream, we’ll have a look at the controversy over Part 230 and the way its future may have an effect on the web as we all know it.

On this episode of The Stream, we communicate with:
Julie Owono @JulieOwono
Govt director, Web Sans Frontieres

Megan Iorio @EPICprivacy
Senior counsel, Digital Privateness Info Middle

Mukund Rathi, @EFF
Authorized fellow, Digital Frontier Basis

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