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Congress is Trying to Sneak Through a Bill That Would End Encryption

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The EARN IT Act could give law enforcement officials the backdoor they have long wanted — unless tech companies come together to stop it.

The premise of the bill is that technology companies have to earn Section 230 protections rather than being granted immunity by default, as the Communications Decency Act has provided for over two decades.

If the EARN IT Act were passed, tech companies could be held liable if their users posted illegal content.

This would represent a significant and potentially devastating amendment to Section 230, a much-misunderstood law that many consider a pillar of the internet and the businesses that operate on top of it.

Curated from The Verge

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