The Communications Decency Act and the Internet

| May 13, 2021 | Telecommunications Law

Telecommunications law has a significant impact on the personal and professional lives of people in Texas and across the United States. We are said to live in the Digital Communications Age. A tremendous amount of communication takes place through sites at which individuals and entities of different types can post. Prime examples of these venues are social media platforms.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996

A primary element of telecommunications law that impacts the internet is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. This provision of federal law provides internet companies protection from legal liability for content people post on their websites or platforms.

The statutory provision specifically states that no provider of what is considered interactive computer services can be treated like a publisher of content placed at a site or on a platform. For example, Section 230 generally protects a social media platform like Facebook from legal liability as a company for something posted there.

Debate over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

In recent months, there has been a noticeable amount of debate on Capitol Hill and elsewhere regarding the continued application of Section 230. On the one hand, there are people who believe the status quo should be maintained. On the other hand, there are people in and out of government that believe Section 230 should be eliminated. In other words, they argue internet providers should be held legally responsible for content placed at their websites.

People who are in the midst of a controversy arising out of telecommunications law is best served seeking qualified legal representation. The starting point for seeking legal advice and assistance begins with scheduling an initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.