Magazine June 22, 2020, Issue

Why We Need Section 230

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It places potential liability for social-media speech where it belongs: on the speaker

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 is arguably the best law Congress has passed in the last three decades. So it is only natural that both presidential candidates, all of America’s most outspoken senators, and partisan media outlets of all stripes are trying as hard as they can to destroy it.

Leading the charge in this folly are President Donald Trump, who was convinced to take up the issue after Twitter took the inadvisable step of appending fact-checks to his statements, and Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), who seems actually to believe in the cause. If they get

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