Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields “providers of interactive computer services” against liability arising from content generated by third parties. In a generation marked by the prolific use of social media platforms that operate on user-generated content, the immunity conferred by Section 230 endows platforms like Meta and Twitter with an implicit license to field discriminatorily-targeted ads.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on March 6, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Abrahim, Arifa, "Section 230: The Legal Shield Perpetuating Algorithmic Discrimination in Big Tech" (2023). ERSJ Blog. 49.