Understanding Social Media Platform Immunity and Potential Legislative Changes – Pizzi to Moderate December 9 IADC Webinar
US legislators from both parties are expected next term to make changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was enacted in 1996 to grant then-nascent Internet firms immunity from liability for user generated content. Recent Congressional hearings featuring leaders from Facebook and Twitter make the prospect of change abundantly clear. What is Section 230? What problems are not adequately addressed by the current law? What are the proposals for change? Could those changes impact sites beyond the big name social media platforms, such as retailers and service providers hosting customer comments and reviews? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in a free webinar moderated by Walsh partner Peter J. Pizzi, featuring renowned First Amendment lawyer David E. McCraw, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, The New York Times Company, and social media industry expert Daphne Keller, Director of Stanford Law School’s Program on Platform Regulation, and former in-house lawyer at Google. The free program will be held at 1 pm EST on December 9, 2020 via Zoom and is offered by the International Association of Defense Lawyers. Details are here. Members of the public are welcome but registration is required. IADC is the preeminent peer-reviewed global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.