Why is everyone talking about Section 230?
Big Tech is a big problem. The Internet has the potential to transform our society for the better, supercharge social movements for human rights, and give more people a voice than ever before. But a small handful of companies currently dominate the web with a monopolistic business model that’s incompatible with democracy: based on harvesting our data and using algorithms to amplify and micro-target harmful content in a never ending quest for advertising dollars.
Meaningful policy solutions need to strike at the root causes of Big Tech’s harms: monopoly power, data harvesting and abuse, and algorithmic manipulation. Unfortunately, many lawmakers and pundits have instead proposed reckless changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a widely misunderstood but crucially important law that essentially allows ordinary people to have a voice on the Internet. Many proposed changes to Section 230 would do enormous harm to vulnerable communities, undermine human rights, and utterly fail to address the legitimate problems with Big Tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. And worse, they could inadvertently solidify the monopoly power of the largest companies while crushing competition from smaller, more community-minded platforms.
This website attempts to clear up some of the most common misconceptions about Section 230. Tell your lawmakers to read it before they change a law they don’t understand. We don’t need more partisan grandstanding, we need real policy changes that address the harm that Big Tech is doing to our communities and our democracy right now. Before it’s too late.