San Francisco’s Threat to AirBnb a Threat to the Entire Sharing Economy

The same city that can’t fix its bureaucratic business registration process is going to fine and possibly jail employees of room-sharing companies for the actions of those who post rooms on their sites. Consider what it would mean if, say, Facebook were liable for anything any of its 1.6 billion users posted.

That’s the basis of Airbnb’s new lawsuit against the San Francisco law. As the company explains on its blog: “Since 1996, the Communications Decency Act—an important federal law referred to as the ‘linchpin of the vibrant and successful internet we know today’—has prevented local governments from holding websites responsible for content published by their users as the city is attempting to do here.”

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