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Sen. Maria Cantwell, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee. Photo: Bloomberg

How Trump Inadvertently Helped Facebook, Twitter Preserve Legal Shield

By  |  Oct. 1, 2020 2:20 PM PDT
Photo: Sen. Maria Cantwell, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee. Photo: Bloomberg

Just when it looked like a small group of Democrats and Republicans had found common ground in their efforts to weaken the tech industry’s immunity to lawsuits over user-posted content, election year politics robbed that group of momentum.

With just weeks to go until the Nov. 3 vote, congressional staffers and tech industry advocates say it is now clear that Republicans and Democrats have opposite goals when it comes to modifying Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the law that enshrines the tech industry’s prized legal immunity. 

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