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The Communication Decency Act 47 U.S.C. § 230 (c) (1)


Date Published: April 2018


This section of the Communication Decency Act (CDA) says an “interactive computer service” cannot be treated as the publisher or speaker of third-party content. This protects websites from lawsuits if a user posts something illegal, although there are exceptions for copyright violations, sex work-related material, and violations of federal criminal law.

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