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Overzealous Legislative Effort Against Online Child Prostitution Ads Fails

• Forbes
In 1996, Congress enacted a powerful statutory immunity for user-generated content, located at 47 U.S.C. 230 (“Section 230″).  Section 230 says that websites aren’t liable for third party content except in three specific situations: intellectual property, communications privacy and federal criminal prosecutions.  Over the past 16 years, courts have interpreted Section 230′s immunity broadly, giving online providers a robust and predictable way to avoid liability for what their users say and do.  As a result, Section 230 has become the foundation for the entire user-generated content industry–and all of the social welfare that goes along with it.

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