DOJ Plans Section 230 Workshop to Host a ‘Diversity of Viewpoints’ on Internet Speech

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Attorney General William Barr attends a ceremony at the DOJ, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington, to announce the establishment of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, and its commissioners.
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The U.S. Justice Department is hosting a workshop next month seeking “a wide diversity of viewpoints” on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the federal statute that, with few exceptions, protections major internet companies and private website owners from liability when it comes to the posts and comments generated by users.

The Information’s Ashley Gold first reported the DOJ’s plans on Friday after reportedly viewing an invitation for the event.

Use of the phrase “a wide diversity of viewpoints” is somewhat ironic. Section 230 was passed, in part, because lawmakers believed the internet allowed for a “a true diversity of…

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