A tech censorship case that could have wide ramifications for the way the courts interpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has hit the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court, which will now decide whether or not to hear the case.
In October, Justice Clarence Thomas indicated that he believes the legal immunities of Section 230 to have been interpreted too broadly.
“Many courts have construed the law broadly to confer sweeping immunity on some of the largest companies in the world,” wrote Justice Thomas.
The law gives tech companies wide-ranging protection from any legal consequences for censorship, allowing them to censor anything they consider “objectinable.”
This offers due process protections to the American citizens who, in an increasing number of cases, have seen years of work and investment on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google or YouTube suddenly erased by the tech titans.