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CDA 230: Understanding Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act


Understand Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, how it operates, and the laws/regulations behind it.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is an extremely powerful internet law intended to free internet platforms and providers from the types of liability often directed at publishers. But it also is one of the most misinterpreted enactments of modern times, misunderstood by internet service providers, internet content providers, legislators, and the public alike. Some see Section 230 as a shield, others see it as a sword. Still, others see it as both a shield and a sword. Now, in the face of much vigorous and heated political and philosophical debate regarding the proliferation on the internet of extremist ideologies, misinformation, allegations of false news, concerns regarding domestic and foreign tampering with United States elections, and anonymity of content providers, it has become a focus-point for potential amendment. Decisions of the largest Internet Service Providers before, during, and in the aftermath of the 2020 federal elections have heightened scrutiny and conflict regarding the future of Section 230. This topic is designed to help legal practitioners and those who provide, post, or use the internet to understand this important law. Learn valuable tips and best practices to protect yourself and others from the perils of the Internet and to empower Internet companies to control their Internet platforms.



Mary Ann L. Wymore

Mary Ann L. Wymore

UB Greensfelder LLP

  • Shareholder, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
  • Panel mediator/arbitrator for United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M); panel mediator for the International Trademark Association (INTA); and panel mediator for numerous federal and state courts
  • Legal practice focused on alternative dispute resolution and substantive aspects of advertising, media and communications law, intellectual property, First Amendment, privacy, and defense of related consumer class actions
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on ADR and substantive issues involving advertising, media, social media, communications, privacy, regulatory compliance, and related matters
  • Teaches classes in media law and electronic media law
  • Achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Advertising Law, 2010–2023
  • Member of the California Bar, Missouri Bar/Media Law Committee, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis/Patent Trademark Copyright Section (vice chair), ABA Communications Law Forum, Association of National Advertisers, and International Trademark Association/ADR Committee
  • J.D. degree, Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 314-516-2662

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