Donald Trump should be careful what he wishes for. He wants to do away with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a piece of legislation that shields internet companies from liability for user-generated content on their platforms. But while the move is chiefly intended to antagonise Twitter, with which the US president is engulfed in an ongoing flame war, the consequences of tampering with Section 230 would be way more far-reaching.
“Section 230 says that websites aren’t liable for third-party content. And that basic legal principle has provided the legal infrastructure for the modern internet,” says Eric Goldman, a