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Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning


Justice Clarence Thomas has suggested the court place new limits on the reach of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely protects platforms from liability for people's posts.

Credit: Aïda Amer/Axios

Tech firms are warning the Supreme Court that weakening liability protections for online speech could put all types of service providers — including those operating offline — at risk of costly, business-wrecking litigation.

The big picture: A key law governing online speech is facing its first-ever fundamental tests before the high court.

Driving the news: Companies and parties to the suits made early filings and statements this week in two cases that will test long-held practices in the tech industry based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which largely protects platforms from liability for people's posts.

From Axios
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