42 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 1 (2016)
Flawed but Fixable: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act at 20

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FLAWED BUT FIXABLE:


      SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS
                  DECENCY ACT AT 20


                  Andrew   P. Bolson, Esq.*

I. INTRODUCTION                   ....................1......................
II. ORIGINS OF SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATION
      DECENCY   ACT          ................  ....................... 2
III. IMPLICATIONS OF SECTION 230 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS
      DECENCY   ACT          ................  ....................... 9
IV. PROPOSALS  TO FIX SECTION 230...................... 11
V. CONCLUSION        ................................... ....... 17

                       I. INTRODUCTION

  2016  marks  the twentieth anniversary of Section 230 of the
Communications   Decency   Act  (CDA),   one  of  the most
significant and controversial laws of the Internet Age.' This law has
profoundly shaped the landscape of the Internet by offering liability
protection to websites for the third-party content posted on their
sites. The goal of the law was to protect the public's interest in
monitoring, blocking, and screening objectionable content on the
Internet while ensuring that Internet companies  would  grow
without burdensome regulation and the fear of constant litigation.
  Much  has changed since Section 230 became law in 1996. It is
hard to believe, but in 1996 there were only approximately 77.5


    *  Andrew P. Bolson, Esq. is an attorney with Rubenstein, Meyerson, Fox,
Mancinelli, Conte & Bern, P.A. in Montvale, New Jersey. Andrew is also the
Founder and President of The Privacy Initiative of New Jersey.
    1. Communications Decency Act of 1996,47 U.S.C. § 230 (2012).


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