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Lawmakers debate ending Section 230 in order to save it

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Image: Cath Virginia / The Verge

A pair of legislators have a plan to save Section 230: kill it so that Congress is forced to come up with a better version.

That was the topic of discussion at a hearing on Wednesday in the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology. It came on the heels of the committee leaders’ proposal for the sunset, which they announced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week. E&C Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) want to give Congress 18 months to come up with a new framework to replace Section 230 or risk losing it entirely. The idea is to force their colleagues to do something to change the law that’s been the subject of bipartisan ire for years.

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