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Connections: Understanding Section 230, and the impact of how content is shared online

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On Wednesday, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google got into heated exchanges with members of Congress during a hearing about free speech online. Section 230 is a set of federal laws that prevents social media sites from being held liable for content they allow or remove from their sites.

Democrats and Republicans differ on where they stand regarding how and to what extent the companies should patrol their sites. The companies' decisions are fluid. Recently, Twitter blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post piece about Hunter Biden; it later reversed its decision and allowed users to share it. 

This hour, we're joined by an attorney who specializes in the intersection of social media and the law. He discusses how Section 230 and debates about how content is shared or not shared online impacts free speech, the state of journalism, and democracy. We also discuss issues pertaining to privacy, regulation, and more. Our guest:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.