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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

The United States Congress: Change section 230(C) of the Communications Decency Act

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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is effectively US Government State-Sponsored Cyber Terrorism.

§ 230C of the Communications Decency Act is a copybook example of how the government can really mess things up. There have been countless cases where victims' reputations are destroyed by malicious and fallacious postings through websites such as RipOffReport.com without any verification of the allegations raised therein. The immunity given to the likes of RipOffReport.com, thedirty.com and Google allows the administrators to ignore the anguish of innocent people struggling with battered reputations via internet libel and harassment, the immunity conveyed by the law allows them to ignore the social responsibility implied by the wording of the law under the heading "Protection for 'Good Samaritan' blocking and screening of offensive material".

The law needs to be changed in a way that ISPs' immunity is conditional upon their adherence to the spirit of the "Good Samaritan" intention of the original lawmakers. This is a slippery slope, but we need to find a balance that avoids chilling legitimate free speech while protecting collateral damage from malicious abuse through bullying and defamation.

The following video explains in more detail: 

Video: "Section 230 Communications Decency Act. Why it needs to be changed"

You can obtain the address and contact details on your representative on the following webpage . Keep in mind that after  January 3rd, 2013, many of these will change as newly elected officials take office:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/

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