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Section 230 supporters turn on it, its critics rely on it. Up is down, black is white in the crazy world of US law

Venerable and Fragrant Wind of Change
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Not actually true. Web-based discussion fora were emerging (I put up my first in 1995 run by a set of Perl scripts), and Geocities had become the first big-name freebie host.

Usenet was of course much longer-established, and the experience of usenet trolling[1] presumably informed the debate that led to Section 230.

[1] As misunderstood by the media to give us today's use of the word.

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