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

Oct 29, 2020

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