Google, Reddit stand up for tech legal protections ahead of the Congress hearing

Google, Reddit, Congress, 1996 Communications Decency Act, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Google and Reddit Inc. have said that a 23-year-old law providing legal protection to tech companies from lawsuits over the user-generated content, remains critical to the internet’s future.

The senior executives from Reddit, Google, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with the legal experts, are facing questions in Congress about the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Critics shield tech companies from dealing with violent, threatening, dangerous, or bullying content.

Lawmakers from both political parties have said Congress could make additional changes to the law to restrict companies’ immunity. Section 230 of the Act has assisted the rapid growth of internet companies over the past two decades, encouraging free expression.

Experts across industries and government officials now stress on and discussing the relevance of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

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