The first thing I was asked was “asl” – meaning what is my age, sex and location. On the second test, I ended up in a brief chat with a young man, a software developer from India.For a more complete discussion of Section 230 and the cases interpreting it please see the Internet Law Treatise. failed to take down a false profile of the plaintiff even after an employee assured her that it would be removed, the plaintiff sued Yahoo!claiming that it had acted negligently and broken a binding promise to remove the material.From there however, anything goes – certainly a chat participant may decide to give their name, location, age and other personal information.I tried it a few times by clicking on the link to start chatting with a stranger.In the decade and a half since Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) was signed into law, it has been challenged and upheld on numerous occasions.This is a small sample of the key cases that have litigated CDA 230 over the years. I hadn’t until a teenager mentioned it in a comment on another article.
Omegle is a website that allows you to chat with a random stranger.So right away we have probably answered the question in the title of this post!In an important decision, the distributor of an electronic newsletter was a publisher for the purposes of CDA § 230 when he forwarded a third party's email to the newsletter list serve with only minor edits.When a third party posted defamatory statements about Universal Communications Systems on an online Lycos message board, the company sued Lycos arguing in part that Lycos' registration process and link structure had prompted the statements.
Omegle is not okay for kids – unless you are okay with your kids chatting with complete strangers. Omegle has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009.When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger”.