Want to Kill Facebook and Google? Preserving Section 230 Is Your Best Hope

Balkinization, New Controversies in Intermediary Liability Law, 2019

5 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2019

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Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: June 3, 2019

Abstract

47 USC 230 does more than promote free speech. The immunity also plays a major role in economic and competition policy. Section 230 implicitly provides what amounts to a financial subsidy to online republishers. That subsidy, counterintuitively, may represent our best hope for dethroning the Internet giants.

Keywords: section 230, 47 usc 230, cda, startups, entry barriers, litigation costs, Google, Facebook

JEL Classification: K4, K21

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric, Want to Kill Facebook and Google? Preserving Section 230 Is Your Best Hope (June 3, 2019). Balkinization, New Controversies in Intermediary Liability Law, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3398631

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