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Hey, I'm not commenting, but here's some good commentary:

Back in February, a civil rights group sued Craigslist over discriminatory housing posts on their Chicago site. As we noted at the time, this seemed like a clear misunderstanding of how the internet works and internet law — specifically section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says that online service providers should not be held liable for content that its users publish. There's a very good reason this law is in place. It keeps frivolous lawsuits from targeting the platform provider, rather than whoever actually created the content in question. In other words, it's like protecting the phone company from being guilty of a crime because someone breaks the law over the phone. It's purpose is simple: to focus lawsuits on those who actually broke the law, rather than the middleman who simply provides the technology platform to transmit the message.

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