Law Aimed At Backpage.com Raises Concerns About Internet Freedom

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:47am
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:47pm
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Is the web more like a bulletin board or a newspaper? A newspaper must make sure what its reporters write and op-eds published aren’t libelous and are factually correct. A bulletin board, well, we’ve all passed the mish-mash of ideas posted on those in office breakrooms.

So which one is the internet as we now know it? And is that about to change?

With the passing of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 in a unanimous vote Wednesday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill that could alter the way users and website hosts approach how they allow content to be posted on their sites. 

The Show spoke with Alan Rozenshtein, a University of Minnesota visiting assistant professor of law Alan Rozenshtein, about Section 230 — a law you’ve probably never heard of but has been the bedrock of the web for the past 20 years.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to correct Alan Rozenshtein's title.

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