Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

In order to understand differences between laws for libels online and laws for libels taking place in other platforms such as newspapers, we first need to understand a landmark piece of Internet legislation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The § 230 exempts website hosts and ISPs from most defamation claims. Under this Act, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

That means provider or user of an interactive computer service are not liable for defamatory content provided by another information content provider any more.

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