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Tech’s Liability Shield Under Fire: 26 Words and What’s at Stake


Privacy & Data Security Law

March 3, 2021, 7:00 AM

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are taking aim at a controversial law that shields internet platforms including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. from lawsuits over content posted by users.

The measure — just 26 words known as Section 230 — now faces its biggest reckoning since it was included in the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Calls to revise it grew in the months before the November election and intensified after the deadly attack on Congress by then-President Donald Trump’s loyalists.

Trump and his GOP allies claim Section 230 gives companies leeway to censor conservative speech, an assertion he…



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