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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, from left U.S. Supreme Court Deputy Justice Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court Deputy Justice Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court Deputy Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Ketanji, Washington, U.S., Tuesday, February 7, 2023 U.S. Supreme Court Deputy Justice Brown Jackson prior to his State of the Union address at the Capitol in DC.
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The Supreme Court has ruled on a potentially groundbreaking move with the potential to change the force of an important law that the tech industry claims is essential to keeping the internet an open place that promotes free speech. We are scheduled to hear arguments on Tuesday in the lawsuit.
The case is known as Gonzalez v. Google, brought by the family of an American who died in the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris. Petitioners argued that: Google Also, its subsidiary YouTube did not take sufficient steps to remove or stop promoting videos of ISIS terrorists trying to recruit members, claiming they violated anti-terrorism laws. . In lower court, Google prevailed on the grounds that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act exempts a Google user from liability for what she posts on Google’s platform.
The shield is in jeopardy, as petitioners argue that Google should not apply it when it actively promotes user-generated content, such as through its recommendation algorithms.
Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle could welcome a reduction in Section 230. The winding down of Section 230 has been denounced in Washington for years for a variety of reasons, from the belief that it fosters allegations of internet censorship, to the belief that it protects tech companies that do little to stop them. . Hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.
But tech platforms and many free speech experts have warned that the Section 230 changes would have far-reaching implications for how the internet operates, allowing popular services to limit or delay users’ postings and We encourage users to avoid being held accountable for what they say.
“Without Section 230, some websites could be forced to overblock, filter content that could create potential legal risks, and shut down some services entirely.” blog post Summary of company stance. “As a result, consumers will have fewer options to engage with the internet and less opportunities to participate in working, playing, learning, shopping, creating, and exchanging ideas online. ”
Justice Clarence Thomas has previously suggested that courts should take cases related to Section 230 and that it is too broad in scope, and that Internet platforms are so widely used for sharing information that instead It says it should be regulated like a utility.
The Supreme Court also plans to hear another technology lawsuit on Wednesday that could affect how platforms promote and remove speech on their sites.of Twitter vs Taamneha court will consider whether Twitter could be held liable under anti-terrorism laws for failing to remove terrorist content from its platform.
Watch: Should Social Media Companies Be Responsible for User Content? Consequences of Section 230 Changes