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Publication Date

17 March 2023



Mariana Cunha e Melo
Jonas de Abreu


The US Supreme Court is considering the fate of Section 230, a law that protects content platforms from liability for user-generated content. The case, Gonzalez v. Google, challenges the intermediary liability protection of Section 230. If the challenge succeeds, it could undermine the foundation of Web 2.0 and the internet's future. The case focuses on whether platforms like Google, Twitter, and TikTok should be held liable for third-party content from their recommendation engines. Challenging Section 230 could have severe consequences for freedom of expression and lead to restrictions on recommendation engines or higher restrictions on publishing or sharing. Section 230 has been settled law for over two decades and protects content platforms, even if they encourage users to post content.

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