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jess unrein

It's immensely complicated, because the internet as we know it couldn't exist without section 230. If geocities had been responsible for the content on each site hosted through them, that would have been a disaster. There would have been no YouTube, which was basically created to upload copyrighted material for rewatching. But companies have been using this shield and not adequately enforcing good content practices because of it.

For a more in depth discussion from a modern viewpoint, here's a recent interview between Kara Swisher and Ron Wyden (who helped author the Communications Decency Act, including Section 230)

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Rob Hoelz Author

Wow, that's amazing and kind of terrifying. Thanks for the explanation!

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@thejessleigh right now the EU is talking about passing what we call Article 13, a monstruosity that's basically the opposite of your Section 230. In the attempt of reforming copyright laws (which must be incredibly hard even if you are well versed in those and technology) they want to make companies liable, at the moment of the upload, for any copyright infringements in the uploads.

Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf sent a letter to EU in summer, some EU MPs are furious at the state of things, companies like YouTube are in crisis mode.

The are still a few chances to block in the next few months but the gist of the law is bonkers, as it was passed by a vast majority (twice the people that voted no, voted yes)