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DOJ unveils Section 230 legislation

The Department of Justice on Wednesday unveiled its promised Section 230 reform legislation. Right now, the proposal is essentially just the DOJ's wish list for reforming the decades-old law, but it sets the tone for the debate in Congress.


The legislation raises the bar for certain takedowns, requiring tech companies to rely on "objectively reasonable belief" that something is "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy [or] excessively violent" in order to remove it and be shielded from liability.

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The proposal would also narrow Section 230's sweeping protections in cases like cyber-stalking, child sex abuse and anti-terrorism.

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