Court Grants Website Publishers Immunity from Defamation

People who republish defamatory content online cannot be held liable for defamation even if they were warned about it, the California Supreme Court ruled, 7-0. The decision marked a victory for Internet free speech advocates, who said it reaffirmed the proper interpretation of Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, which grants Internet users and service providers immunity from defamation claims.

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