U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for private companies, but experts worry free expression may be threatened by "better safe than sorry" voluntary censorship. From Big Think.
For more than two decades, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) has allowed the internet, and the digital economy as we know it, to thrive by ensuring that web-enabled platforms and services can't be held liable every time anyone uses them for no good. From Reason.
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case regarding whether Yelp is culpable for removing defamatory reviews from its site, resolving a case that could have affected web platforms’ legal protections. From The Verge.
U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users' personal data, according to three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized to speak on the record....
In late 2016 and early 2017, hundreds of strangers began showing up at Matthew Herrick’s home and work in New York City, looking for sex. From The Outline,
Under current US law, digital services and platforms like Facebook and Twitter are protected from liability for the content that users post to their networks, so they can’t be sued for defamation or libel. From Columbia Journalism Review.