On February 21, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, a case that could significantly shape the future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
In an amicus brief BPC writes, “by expressly shielding interactive computer service providers from liability for the content users publish on their platforms,” Section 230 “created a set of background principles” that have formed the internet as we know it.
Because the Court’s opinion in Gonzalez v. Google could determine whether Section 230 protections apply when platforms make targeted recommendations of other content providers’ content, this case could have significant implications for content moderation, free expression, children’s online safety, health information dissemination, and more. The case could also impact ongoing debates in Congress about Section 230 reform.
Join the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Technology Project for an event on February 22, 2023, that will feature perspectives on the oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, the broader Section 230 reform debate, different legislative proposals for altering Section 230, and the implications of potential changes to Section 230.
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law
Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Director of the Technology Project, Bipartisan Policy Center