Section 230 empowers platforms to share our content widely while also responsibly moderating bad actors and prioritizing online safety.
But changes to this legislation could impact what content we see online.
This won’t just affect the websites, but all of us from the users who post daily to creators and small businesses who rely on the user-focused internet for their livelihoods.
Without Section 230, who is hurt?
Developers could lose the ability to moderate or filter content on their websites and apps. Many simply wouldn’t be able to afford to defend themselves—meaning less start-ups and innovation online.
Without a user-focused internet, small businesses would face higher barriers to entry and rapidly rising costs to get their virtual storefront off the ground let alone reach a national audience.
We’d have fewer places to share and connect online. When faced with burdensome regulations and punishment, websites are likely to opt out of user-generated content altogether or only provide platforms to a privileged few voices.