Platform Companies Beware! Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Is Not Always There to Protect You
Erik Olson and Nate Garhart will present the session "Platform Companies Beware! Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Is Not Always There to Protect You" at the Association of Corporate Counsel's (ACC) Race to the Finish 2022 virtual conference on January 26.
Many are calling for Section 230 to be replaced or reformed, but for now, we have to deal with it. While it does have a reputation of protecting platform companies against lawsuits for most content that their users post on their platforms, it does not provide them with absolute immunity. If you’re a platform company, you likely know what kinds of legal claims Section 230 immunizes you against, and that you can probably quickly win on a motion to dismiss if those claims are brought against you. But there are certain claims – some defined by statute, others developed by the case law – that Section 230 does not shelter. This presentation focuses on those types of claims.