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The court held instead that its immunity is broad and far-reaching.
The policy reason being to protect online intermediaries from tort claims for injurious online speech. Free speech online would be inhibited if providers could be held liable for not screening all users.
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Although before this case the law only applied for tort immunity, Section 230 states “No cause of action may be brought and no liability may be imposed under any State or local law that is inconsistent with this section.” Therefore, the type of claim is unimportant.