Friday, February 14, 2020
Eric Goldman and Jess Miers (Santa Clara University - School of Law and Santa Clara University - School of Law) have posted Why Internet Companies Can't Stop Awful Content on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This essay considers the widely held perception that the Internet is filled with awful content. That perception often overlooks (1) the pervasiveness of awful content offline, and (2) why content moderation efforts to control awful content will never be satisfactory. As a result, regulatory efforts to eliminate awful content online are doomed. In contrast, the existing immunity provided by 47 USC 230 has the surprising potential to lower the amount of awful content online below the offline content baselines.