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USA: Report argues for reform, not repeal, of signature internet law regarding regulation of social media companies

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The question of who is liable for online content in the US has been largely determined by Section 230, a 1996 law that protects internet companies from most lawsuits related to user-generated content. There are increasing calls to curtail or revoke Section 230 because, its critics argue, it discourages vigilant self-regulation. Proponents counter that the law has fostered free expression and innovation. A new report from NYU Stern's Center for Business and Human Rights, concludes that Section 230 ought to be preserved but significantly amended.

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