Big Tech makes the case for Section 230 in Supreme Court briefs

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Tech companies made their case to the Supreme Court not to change Section 230, a law that they argue is the backbone of the modern internet and a critical protection for social media platforms.

Microsoft, Google, and Meta filed amicus briefs on Thursday regarding Gonzalez v. Google, a Supreme Court case that could upturn Section 230, a section of communications law that protects online platforms from being held accountable for the conduct of their users. The tech companies argue that changes to how algorithms are treated under this law would have a massive impact on the use of the internet.

GOOGLE WARNS SUPREME COURT COULD 'UPEND THE INTERNET' THROUGH SECTION 230 CHANGES

Section 230 is "part of a unified design that protects third-party content curation generally," the liberal advocacy organization Chamber of Progress argued on behalf of Google. "Eliminating any portion of those protections would dramatically alter the Internet for the hundreds of millions of Americans, and billions of worldwide users, who depend on online services for information, education, entertainment, and income."

Gonzalez v. Google relates to a lawsuit by Reynaldo Gonzalez, who sued Google under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act after his daughter was killed during a 2015 Islamic State attack in Paris. Gonzalez argues Google assisted ISIS by hosting its recruitment videos on YouTube and that Google "recommended ISIS videos to users" via its algorithm, thus making it liable for helping the terrorist organization.... (Read more)