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Long-Festering Debate Over Social Media Liability to Get Supreme Court Review

  • Supreme Court takes case questioning content Google promoted
  • Decision against the companies could launch a wave of lawsuits
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The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case challenging a legal shield for social media platforms puts the justices in the middle of a politically fraught debate over whether some of the world’s most powerful companies should be protected as neutral forums for speech or held accountable for the content. 

At stake is the very business model that has allowed companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Meta Platforms Inc. and Twitter Inc. to reap enormous profits while shaping civic discourse.