Traditional media companies have long accepted the burden — along with the significant cost and time — required to verify the words, images, and videos they publish.
Accuracy and fairness are core to their mission.
Wrapping themselves in legal immunities that apply to no one else, digital publishers accept zero responsibility for the amplified fabrication, viral insanity, and dangerous untruths they routinely empower users to publish.
We’re a key part of the ecosystem that works with consumer data and negotiates the complicated network of consumer permissions and privacy, and we must promote best practices and accountability.
Originally intended to spur innovation and protect then-emerging dial-up internet providers from lawsuits related to third-party pornographic postings, Congress amended this law to exclude online publishers from liability related to the content on their sites.
At the time, it seemed sensible.