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Will the Supreme Court Regulate the Internet?

February 23, 2023

Will the Supreme Court Regulate the Internet?

Ask Students: When was Section 230 enacted? (See description below to learn more about Section 230) Why was the case brought to the Supreme Court?

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Summary

The Supreme Court heard a case that could radically alter the internet and social media. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects websites from lawsuits over material posted by users. But the family of a victim killed in an ISIS attack says that immunity should not apply to recommendations YouTube’s algorithms make.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who are the individuals and organizations featured in this story?
  • Where is hearing taking place?
  • What is an algorithmic recommendation or thumbnail as described by Marcia Coyle?
  • When was Section 230 enacted? (See description below to learn more about Section 230)
  • Why was the case brought to the Supreme Court? What was the original incident?
  • How do Democrats and Republicans in Congress differ in their opinions in how social media companies are regulated?

Focus Questions

Do you think the government needs to do a better job regulating the internet, including social media companies like Google and YouTube?

Media Literacy: How could Section 230 be explained in simpler terms? What is “conservative bias”? What is “content moderation”?

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