Liabilities related to what users post

International Business Machines (IBM) has proposed changes to a 1996 law that protects internet companies from liabilities related to what users post on their platforms.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230), exempts developers of online services from lawsuits stemming from user-posted content such as restaurant reviews or social media photos. 

Some lawmakers and attorneys have argued CDA 230 has been broadly interpreted to give companies too much leeway in avoiding responsibility for harmful content. The law at present is an expansive liability shield for internet companies for actions that occur on their platforms, regardless of whether the platform turns a blind eye to illegal activity.

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