Big Tech Giants have masked their power grabs, censorship, and other aggressive behavior against internet users with safeguards that may soon expire if the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rules to repeal ‘Section 230’.
“Section 230 is a section of Title 47 of the United States Code enacted as part of the United States Communications Decency Act, that generally provides immunity for website platforms with respect to third-party content,” according to the code.
Protection For ‘Good Samaritan’ Blocking and Screening of Offensive Material is the full term.
Who has the authority to determine what is offensive?
Monday, the Supreme Court decided to hear the case and examine the issue that might permanently alter social media and the Internet.
“The case involves a man whose daughter was killed in a 2015 ISIS attack in Paris. The grieving father, Reynaldo Gonzalez, sued YouTube’s parent company, Google, under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. Gonzalez claims that ISIS posted recruitment videos on YouTube, that YouTube recommended these videos to users, and that this led to his daughter’s death,” Reason Magazine reported in April 2022 in a brief description of the case.
The left claims that repealing the rule will likely usher in a new era of super censorship as firms became legally accountable for user remarks, threatening the end of the open internet.
“The case appears to be the court’s first test of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a controversial provision that shields online platforms from lawsuits over moderation practices and user-posted content,” Axios reported on Tuesday, adding:
“Industry groups and supporters of Section 230 argue that its protections make it possible for website publishers and app services to use and moderate user-contributed content in ways that benefit their customers and society.”
The right views the left’s use of federal safeguards as a means of silencing the right’s political opponents. The censoring of Hunter Biden’s laptop by Big Tech comes to mind.
Which is why Section 230 must be amended. Hunter Biden and his daddy are disgraceful losers. https://t.co/oKqZplnzIn
— Styxhexenhammer666 (@Styx666Official) October 5, 2022
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Justice Clarence Thomas has already indicated he is not a fan of Section 230 protections and has made it known he is looking for a way to rule on it.
SCOTUSblog notes that in 2020, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that “in an appropriate case, we should consider whether the text of this increasingly important statute aligns with the current state of immunity enjoyed by Internet platforms.” (Thomas made a similar suggestion earlier this year.) CONTINUE READING…