What Is Section 230? Trump Threatens Veto Over 1996 Internet Service Shield

KEY POINTS

  • Section 230 protects internet services companies from indecent content posted by users
  • The bill passed in 1996, long before social media existed
  • The courts have routinely sided with social media companies in arguments against protection

President Donald Trump threatened to veto a defense bill over a 1996 law that shields websites from liability over content created by their users.

The president said he would veto the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act over Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which he called a “liability” that leaves national security and election integrity exposed to risk because of the protection it provides to “Big Tech”

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PS5 Faceplate Site Cancels Orders After Sony Threatens Legal Action

If you were hoping to customize your new PS5 with a fancy custom faceplate, you may have to wait for an official Sony solution. A company offering replacement PS5 plates in a variety of colors has canceled orders after being threatened with a lawsuit.

Speaking to VGC, a representative from Customize My Plates–which had been known as PlateStation5 until a few days ago–confirmed that it was canceling all plate orders. It cited Sony’s legal threats as the reason behind both its name change, which Sony said infringed on its own trademarks, as well as the cancellations.

“… Sony’s lawyers told us it was their opinion [that] Sony’s intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court,” the representative said.

It will be abandoning the console customization business, but it’s unlikely Customize My Plates will

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Automatic signature verification software threatens to disenfranchise U.S. voters

As of early October, more than 84.2 million absentee ballots had been requested or sent to U.S. voters in 47 states and the District of Columbia ahead of the U.S general election. According to some estimates, the swing state of Florida has already doubled California’s 1 million total, with nearly 2 million voters casting their mail-in ballots in the weeks leading up to November 3.

Delays in verifying mail-in ballots will slow the election tally, with tasks like processing ballots — verifying voters and separating that information from their ballot — anticipated to take longer than in previous years. Existing technology could expedite some processes, like software that matches signatures on ballot envelopes to voter records. (Thirty-three states require that voters’ signatures undergo validation.) But many question whether the algorithms underpinning this software might be biased against certain groups of voters.

How signature verification works

The category of algorithms used

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