Alex Lawrence, Aaron Rubin, and Dillon Kraus authored an article forThe Computer & Internet Lawyer, discussing the U.S. Supreme Court granting certiorari inGonzalez v. Google LLC, No. 21-1333, to address the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
"The Court will consider whether Section 230(c)(1) immunizes website operators and other online service providers when they use algorithms to recommend content to users, specifically terrorism-related videos posted on YouTube by other users of the video-sharing service," the authors wrote.
They added: "Gonzalezpresents a narrow but important question, asking whether recommendations provided by online platforms qualify for Section 230 immunity. By deciding to hear this case, the Court has shown for the first time that it is ready to make a decision regarding the scope of Section 230, at a time when the statute has never been more relevant, or more controversial. A decision in this case is expected before the Court breaks for its summer recess in July 2023."