Re: Repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
Section 230 has nothing to do with this, it says online serves can't be treated as the publisher of material posted by someone else, especially when they engage in moderation to remove objectionable content. It doesn't offer any protection from criminal charges, anti-trust, or IP infringement. It was created in response to a New York court ruling, Stratton Oakmont, Inc. v. Prodigy Services Co, that said service could be liable for user posts because they moderate and have content guidelines.
All removing Section 230 will do is turn user generated content into a liability, and we've seen how well that works with the often abused DMCA take down. The only people punished will be end users and smaller sites. Google and Facebook have plenty of money and lawyers. Review sites like Yelp, without Section 230 could routinely be targeted with threats of defamation for bad reviews and don't have any where near the resources.