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Gov’t Eyes Regulations to Change Free Speech

The Department of Justice is calling for a review of internet regulations that could change free speech online.


The Trump administration is calling for a reexamination of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

The act was originally meant to curb pornography and illicit materials posted online, but except for Section 230, it was found to violate the First Amendment.

“It’s the foundation that helps keep our internet more civil,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel for NetChoice.

A recent request from the Justice Department follows 10 months of research into how Section 230 has shaped the internet and calls for drastic reforms. However, the department would need Congress to act to implement its recommendations. One key body Congress could choose to take on a more regulatory role is the Federal Communications Commission, which is now charged with regulating the infrastructure that supports the internet. How far that regulation extends has been an evolving challenge for policymakers.

Watch the video below to see how the internet is regulated today: