Indecent Communications: Revenge Porn and Congressional Intent of §230(c)

Comment by Laura Cannon

Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) has been interpreted as shielding the operators of revenge porn websites for far too long. The language of § 230(c) protects only those website operators who in good faith screen and block offensive content. This Comment argues that § 230(c) of the CDA does not provide immunity for websites that encourage and aid in the development of involuntary porn by providing a platform dedicated to its promotion and dissemination. When Congress enacted the CDA, it intended to shield “Good Samaritan” website operators, not revenge porn websites—websites that exist to perpetuate inherently objectionable and tortious material.


90 Tul. L. Rev. 471 (2015)