Internet Providers Are Immune From Defamatory Material Posted By Its Clients

In Zeran v. American Online, the court determined that an online service can not be held liable for the defamation of third parties where the individual has been defamed by a third party. The court determined that 47 U.S.C. Section 230 would immunize AOL from such claims of defamation.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is defamation?
Who are the parties and what are the facts of this case?
What did the lower court determine and what is 47 U.S.C. Section 230?
What did the appellate court determine?
What is the significance of this ruling?


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