The Supreme Court recently heard a case asking if tech platforms should be responsible for the content posted on their sites. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
The family of an American woman killed in a 2015 terrorist attack filed a lawsuit against Google, arguing in a case that was just heard by the Supreme Court, that Google’s platform, YouTube, promoted terrorist groups on its site. Now, under the current law if an article posted on a neutral platform like Google is defamatory, you can sue the creator of the article, but you can’t sue Google or any other tech platform, provided the platform has a moderator who can remove illegal content like child pornography. But one question raised in the case of the 23-year-old terrorist victim is, if a tech platform uses an algorithm to promote content, is it neutral and should it be protected? The Supreme Court seems unlikely to eliminate the protections for big tech, but the Justices agreed that Congress should update the law.
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