Can Social Media Be Sued for Recommending Content?

February 21, 2023Media Mention
ABC7 News

Doug Mirell, litigation partner and First Amendment expert, recently spoke to ABC7 News regarding Gonzalez v. Google, a case in which the relatives of Nohemi Gonzalez, a college student who died in 2015 in an ISIS terror attack in Paris, claim that Google’s promotional algorithm aided and abetted her killing by recommending videos featuring ISIS terrorists. This lawsuit presents the U.S. Supreme Court with its first opportunity to address the implications of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a statute that largely immunizes websites from liability for content posted by others.

Doug's segment starts at 7:34. 


"At the moment, platforms effectively have absolute immunity for everything that anyone posts on these sites."

"A change in Section 230 would fundamentally alter how the internet operates. It would essentially put the internet on parity with all other forms of expressive media."

"Social media platforms can help themselves by adopting and implementing a true enforcement policy with respect to their own terms of service."