Communications Decency Act § 230


ISPs lobbied Congress to overturn Stratton.  They argued that so much information flowed through their systems that imposing “publisher liability” for defamation would stunt the growth of the Internet as they struggled with an unsupportable technological and economic burden.  The argument succeeded.  Stratton was overturned in 1996 by Communications Decency Act § 230 (47 U. S. C. § 230):


No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.   


The following questions work through this section.