Section 230 incentivizes platforms to provide access to information and promote free expression, while responsibly moderating content.
In turn, startup and developer communities thrive. Today, more people have the opportunity to create content, start a business online, and have a voice than ever before.
Since 1996, developers of all kinds have built their businesses on the foundation of Section 230. Section 230 clarifies when online platforms can be held liable for third-party content and creates the legal certainty necessary for platforms to take swift action against harmful content of all types. Crucially, Section 230 empowers platforms and app developers to moderate, filter, restrict, and/or remove user-created content without the fear of crushing legal liability.
Without Section 230, what do developers stand to lose?
If an app developer hosted user-created content, including videos, comments, photos, posts, advertisements, and more on their app, the developer could potentially face thousands of lawsuits both for hosting and removing content.User-generated Content Disappears.
This costly litigation would chill investments, divert important resources away from growing your business, and stifle innovation.Innovation Is Chilled.
Many developers and startups simply would not be able to afford to defend themselves and could be forced to shut down their apps and exit the marketplace. Fewer apps and companies would even get off the ground, limiting opportunities for creativity, innovation, and economic progress.Start-Ups Exit.
Recently, U.S. policymakers have considered changes to the law that would have a significant impact on all online businesses, including developers and users. Learn more about these policy proposals and the potential risks.
What The Internet Would Look Like Without User Content
How user-generated content, content moderation, and innovation is at risk under changes to Section 230