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The Knot Worldwide does not act as a publisher and has not “published” the content posted by users. Under Section 230 of the Computer Decency Act (“CDA”), The Knot Worldwide acts as an “interactive computer service”. The CDA provides in part, “No provider of user an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” The CDA further states no cause of action may be brought and no liability may be imposed under any State or local law that is inconsistent with this section.”
An “interactive computer service” means any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server. The Knot Worldwide clearly falls within the interactive computer service definition and is specifically the type of entity that Congress protected under the CDA.