Now In Jeopardy:
Free Speech On The Internet – The Date is Set
Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to end Net Neutrality on Dec. 14, 2017. This will be the end of internet freedom as we know it.
AT: FCC Headquarters – 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20004
Don’t let the internet die.
- Who: Hundreds of activists, musicians, lawmakers, former FCC commissioners, and others from around the country who aren’t afraid to resist.
- What: Net Neutrality Wake Up Call Rally
- When: Thur., Dec. 14 at 9:00 AM
- Where: FCC Headquarters – 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20004
Way back in 1996, Congress had the incredible insight to be concerned about putting free speech on the Internet.
Protecting The Platforms
They feared excessive liability would restrict the free flow of information over the Internet.
How right they were.
To protect the Internet from this risk, Congress passed a bill that included Section 230.
Section 230 eliminates, with few exceptions, the liability of online services for publishing third party content.
Which means owners of websites like Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, Google, Pinterest, and all the other third party publishing websites are NOT responsible for what we post.
Show Me The Money
Section 230 also allows provisions to let these platforms make an enormous amount of money off of their users.
By anyone’s measure, Section 230, has been a remarkable success.
Social media platforms, forums and websites everywhere have flourished because of Section 230’s immunity for their owners.
Another wonderful element that Section 230 provides is competitive markets by reducing entry costs.
This means individuals can challenge marketplace leaders (like Amazon or The New York Times) without having to match their investments or incur massive liability costs.
Like No Other
The simple fact is, Section 230 is a one of a kind policy. No other country in the world has passed a similar law.
As a result, the United States has a global advantage for online third party publishing platforms.
This has helped create trillions of dollars of wealth in the U.S.
The scariest thing about this is that it could all change SOON. All because Congress hates Backpage.com
If you want to read more about this incredibly important issue go to this law blog.
Thank you for reading.