A provision in federal law enacted early in the internet era has drawn bipartisan calls to reform or end it. Now a tech-related dust-up that conservatives call censorship may test if the idea still has cross-aisle appeal.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 provides legal protection for “interactive computer services,” such as Facebook and Twitter, to host content on their platforms that is violent, harassing, “or otherwise objectionable.”
Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, in January called for Section 230 to be “revoked, immediately.”
“It is not merely an internet company. It is propagating falsehoods they know to be false,” said Biden, the former two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator.
Biden’s White House rival, President Trump, has taken a similar stance.
“REVOKE 230!” Trump tweeted in May. That came after Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to alter Section 230 and change the way they interpret and enforce it. In