The Reason That Facebook, YouTube, And Reddit Can Even Exist

The Internet can be a wonderful thing. Beyond the (admittedly heartwarming) videos of kittens being adorable, the Web is, by far, humanity's best platform to exchange important ideas and connect people across pesky borders and Time zones. This concept is constantly under attack. The law below, which Congress passed in 1996 (Sidebar: Once upon a time Congress regularly passed laws!), protects Internet platforms like YouTube, Wikipedia, Reddit, and even your humble Upworthy from having to police their sites for anything that might offend the folks who've got armies of lawyers at their beck and call. Bottom line: Support laws like CDA 230, and make sure everyone knows that you support a free Internet!