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Social Media Company Liability Draws Supreme Court Scrutiny

  • Justices will consider two cases involving terrorist content
  • Cases challenge broad immunity for Google, Facebook, Twitter
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The US Supreme Court will decide whether social media companies can be sued for hosting and recommending terrorist content, taking up two cases that challenge their liability protections.

The cases mark the court’s first test of the broad immunity social media companies have enjoyed under a provision known as Section 230, part of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Section 230 has become a target of conservatives, including former President Donald Trump, who say it lets left-leaning tech companies censor right-wing voices.