Section 230: What Trumps Attempt To Revoke Would Do To The Internet

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Trump reacted with an executive order after Twitter started putting fact checks on his tweets. His proposed executive order is an attempt to revoke Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 is an article in the law passed in 1996 that did not hold websites accountable for content posted by random people. Such protection is the model big companies like Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and many other sites we love today.

Section 230 protects companies from being victims of lawsuits for comments, images, or any other posts that its users make of their own will. It allows companies to police and moderate content without liable for users’ posts. However, if the revocation of Section 230 succeeds, companies would be forced to a few options. One being no moderation and total anarchy. The other being strict moderation with little to no freedom to post content. You can find more information about Section 230 Here.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

What Would This Mean For You?

What would this mean for us if Section 230 falls? As a result, websites like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter would devolve to complete due to no moderation or would shut down to protect themselves from lawsuits. It would fundamentally change the internet as we have it today and unleash mayhem upon our internet societies. Websites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, even us here at OurSocietyToday could be open to lawsuits based on comments or content users like you would post. As a result, websites would have to not moderate to protect themselves. Or, as a result, they would have to shut down the ability for you, the users, to post content.

Trump's tweet being marked as glorifying violence sparking outrage by Trump.
Trump’s tweet being marked as glorifying violence sparking outrage by Trump.

Donald Trump took this route after years of teasing action against websites for moderating posts, especially his own. The recent actions of twitter to fact check or warn users of content in his posts sparked outrage. In the end, companies moderating posts, and Section 230 is critical for protecting the integrity of the internet today. You either have it as it is, or you have lawlessness and chaos. Lawsuits will likely try to shoot down the president’s executive order. However, if it succeeds our experience on the internet would change forever.

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Neckerei

I am a history student who loves to be involved in today's events and to look back on history and see the connections between them. My goal is to write about things to give perspective, solutions, and awareness to issues facing our society today.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Matthew

    There are many people who publicly remain silent but agree with him

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    1. Andre
      Andre

      I think very similar to you

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  2. Lancer
    Lancer

    The saddest thing is the number of people who support it

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  3. Steve
    Steve

    Trump as always giving his best. 🙁

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  4. Alex
    Alex

    good description about Seccion 230

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  5. Dana

    Good post with good details

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  6. Magali
    Magali

    nothing more nonsense more than trump

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  7. Gary
    Gary

    I would like to know specifically if Neckerei agrees with or against Trump and his intention to vote

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    1. Neckerei
      Neckerei

      I strongly disagree with Trump’s moral character and many of his policies in all honesty.

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  8. Carl
    Carl

    Congratulations Neckerei interesting assessment

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  9. Mark
    Mark

    I think it’s a childish reaction from trump

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    1. Neckerei
      Neckerei

      I completely agree. I feel he is using the power of the presidency to try and validate his lies and rage at anyone who calls him out.

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