The case that could change the internet


With little to show for it, the proliferation of dangerous content online has stoked alarm from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle for years. Come Tuesday, the Supreme Court takes up the mantle with a case that could reshape online regulation and perhaps alter the internet itself.

In Gonzales v. Google, the Supreme Court will examine the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — a law passed by Congress in 1996 to protect internet providers from liability for what third parties post on their platforms. Instead of looking at content-moderation standards that have dominated much of the scorn for Section 230, the justices will examine algorithmic recommendations that internet companies say are essential to organize content for users. 

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