May 03, 2022

Mary Graw Leary, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, was recently quoted in a Forbes article entitled, “How TikTok Live Became ‘A Strip Club Filled With 15-Year-Olds.’” The article explores the dangers of child exploitation on social media platforms — like TikTok and others — and the role of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Date: April 27, 2022
By: Alexandra S. Levine
How TikTok Live Became ‘A Strip Club Filled With 15-Year-Olds’

Former federal prosecutor Mary Graw Leary said “the fundamental problem of Section 230” is that it enables social media platforms to get away with, and even monetize, many of the same harms that could result in a lawsuit for a brick-and-mortar business — simply because they’re happening online.

“If there's a digital platform, we somehow treat it differently,” she said, “but the great irony is the harms are not only the same; the harms are worse.”

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