Victoria McCullough announced for Automattic that they’ve “joined several of [their] peer companies” to launch Internet Works — a coalition dedicated to working with Congress “to promote the benefits of Section 230, a provision of the Communications Decency Act.” ⚖️
Also known as the CDA and first established in 1996, Section 230 guarantees immunity for online publishers from liability for any third-party content, allowing them to operate as “safe harbors.”As Wikipedia notes,
Coupled with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, Section 230 provides internet service providers safe harbors to operate as intermediaries of content without fear of being liable for that content as long as they take reasonable steps to delete or prevent access to that content.
The peers Automattic is joining are Cloudflare, Dropbox, eBay, Etsy, Glassdoor, GoDaddy, Medium, Nextdoor, Patreon, Pinterest, Reddit, Snap Inc., Tripadvisor, Vimeo, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Automattic’s full press release is here. 📰