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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects providers and users of "interactive computer services" from liability based on the publication of content provided by third parties.  Section 230 also removes liability from providers and users of interactive computer services for the good faith attempt to restrict access to material the provider or user considers objectionable. The section is codified at 47 U.S.C. § 230

The Communications Decency Act (CDA) is the common name for Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Many of the features of the CDA which attempted to regulate online pornography were struck down by the Supreme Court in Reno v. ACLU, but Section 230 remains in effect and has created an important safeguard for interactive internet websites that allow the posting of user generated content.

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