Section 230 is the backbone of internet law. It is also the subject of increasing criticism from politicians on both sides of the political aisle. But perhaps surprisingly, during its quarter-century history, this landmark statute has never faced Supreme Court scrutiny.
Earlier this month, the court agreed to hear Gonzalez v. Google
. Operating at the intersection of internet law and anti-terrorism efforts, this case raises important questions about the scope of Section 230’s all-important immunity for companies that host user content online. The court’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on the internet ecosystem.
At issue is a suit against Google by the families of Nohemi Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen killed by a 2015 ISIS terrorist attack in Paris. Plaintiffs allege that ISIS posted videos on YouTube seeking to incite violence and recruit potential supporters