Clarence Thomas Is Begging Someone to Sue Over Conservatives’ Most-Hated Internet Law

Even the most serious students of the law sometimes get the law wrong. That’s why I’m willing to cut some slack for Justice Clarence Thomas, who took the occasion this week to propose that some plaintiff, somewhere, should bring the right kind of Section 230 case to the Supreme Court. Thomas practically issued an engraved invitation for parties to bring a case that would enable the court to narrow the law that law professor Jeff Kosseff has rightly classified as containing “the 26 words that created the internet”: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”



Clarence Thomas in a suit and tie: Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images.


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This language, a single sentence in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, establishes a baseline of protection for internet platforms from being

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