What Doesn’t Kill Section 230 Makes it Stronger

By: Marissa Train Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the federal law providing social media platforms with immunity from liability for user generated content, has recently faced objections from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Both parties’ issues stem with the law largely stem from the protection it offers under 230(c), which gives platforms leeway to maintain their own content moderation policies. Democrats largely view those policies as too permissive, causing misinformation to run wild, while Republicans often view the same policies as too restrictive, ‘censoring’ conservative speakers and content. While many federal proposals to change Section 230 have been introduced, only FOSTA-SESTA, an attempt to stop online sex trafficking, became law. Instead, most of the legislative action has been at the state level, particularly in conservative states.  Florida Goes First In May 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill…