Policy Issues / Big Tech

Renewing America Files Amicus Brief in Gonzalez v. Google Case

The Center for Renewing America filed an amicus brief in the highly watched Gonzalez v. Google case, the Supreme Court’s first opportunity to consider Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The case presents the question of whether YouTube has legal liability for “targeted recommendations” that Gonzalez alleges aided and abetted terrorism.

Interestingly, both parties in the suit urged a broad immunity of Section 230 that would give legal shields to dominant platforms, such as Google, to discriminate against their users on the basis of race, religion, or political beliefs.  In its brief, the Center shows that the statutory text only gives limited protections to the platforms of the sort telephone companies enjoy when carrying unlawful conversations. Section 230 only provides greater protection when the platforms take specific action to take down content harmful to children—something the platforms have largely failed to do.