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Our returning guest today is Haynes Boone Associate Michael Lambert who is based in our Austin office and is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Michael focuses on media, entertainment, IP, and First Amendment litigation. 

In this episode, we will complete our three-part discussion about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides immunity (with some exceptions) to tech companies from liability for third-party content, such as reader posts, YouTube videos, and Instagram posts. As a reminder, in the first podcast on this topic, Michael discussed the history that led to the adoption of Section 230 and analyzed the key features of the law. In part two, he discussed an exception to the immunity provided by Section 230 – that is, the so-called Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA , which allows claims against online services that allegedly facilitate sex trafficking. 

Today, Michael will discuss some of the controversy around Section 230 that has prompted calls to reform the law.