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Top stories: Supreme Court case on regulating the internet + News wrap 2/22/23 + Student video

February 22, 2023


The Supreme Court heard a case that could radically alter the internet and social media. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects websites from lawsuits over material posted by users. But the family of a victim killed in an ISIS attack says that immunity should not apply to recommendations YouTube’s algorithms make.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

News wrap alternative: Check out the latest segments from the NewsHour, and choose the story you’re most interested in watching! You can make a Google doc copy of our Five Facts and discussion questions that work for any of the stories here.

Five Facts

  • Who are the individuals and organizations featured in this story?
  • Where is hearing taking place?
  • What is an algorithmic recommendation or thumbnail (little picture next to the story you are currently reading to give you additional related options on that topic) as described by Marcia Coyle?
  • When was Section 230 enacted? (See description below to learn more about Section 230)
  • Why was the case brought to the Supreme Court? What was the original incident?
  • How do Democrats and Republicans in Congress differ in their opinions in how social media companies are regulated?

Focus Questions

Do you think the government needs to do a better job regulating the internet, including social media companies like Google and YouTube?

Media literacy: How could Section 230 be explained in simpler terms? What is “conservative bias”? What is “content moderation”?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

For More

What students can do:

Talk with a friend or family member about positives and negatives of social media, including Section 230.

Read this article to better understand Section 230.



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