Supreme Court Justices Confused in Section 230 Case Arguments

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Supreme Court Justices expressed their confusion over the case, Gonzalez v. Google, dealing with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a key legal protection for tech companies from liability for user-generated content, during oral arguments on Tuesday. The case was brought by the family of a 23-year-old American killed in a 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, suing Google for promoting terrorists’ video on YouTube through its recommendation algorithm. The justices struggled to understand whether the content created by terrorists is itself a form of speech or is presented through YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. Justice Samuel Alito told the petitioner’s attorney, Eric Schnapper that he was “completely confused by whatever argument you’re making at the present time.” The Supreme court will hear a similar case over Section 230 on Wednesday.