By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-26-21

A group of academics weighed in on the state of Sec. 230 during the virtual State of the Net conference Tuesday (Jan. 26).

Alan Davidson, senior advisor at Mozilla, who hosted the panel, said that while a year ago revoking or revising Sec. 230 was a long shot, this year things feel different and that “the stakes are higher and the coalition broader.”

Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides social media companies immunity from civil liability for most third-party content on their platforms….

Ellen Goodman, a law professor at Rutgers, said Sec. 230 was a subsection of the bigger issues with social media in general, which was that it had gotten overly powerful, that its business model was based on massive personal data collection and that the platforms acted irresponsibly because of their business model as well as due to political pressure.  » Read More