US Supreme Court refuses to hear bid to sue Reddit for child pornography

By Andrew Chung

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a bid by child pornography victims to overcome a legal shield for internet companies in a case involving a lawsuit accusing Reddit Inc of violating federal law in not ridding the discussion website of such illegal content.

Judges dismissed appeal of lower court’s decision to dismiss proposed class action on grounds that Reddit was protected by a US law called Section 230, which protects internet companies from lawsuits for content posted by users , but has an exception for claims. involving child sex trafficking.

On May 19, the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to narrow the scope of immunity under Section 230 in a separate case.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung in New York; Editing by Will Dunham)

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