…hat the internet would look very different without it. But one thing about his answer surprised me. The reason Section 230 came to be in the first place was not just so that websites could leave objectionable material up. It was so they could take it down. The Prodigy court ruling that sparked Cox’s light bulb all those years ago hinged on Prodigy’s decision to moderate its message boards. Put another way, Prodigy enforced content guidelines and removed posts that violated them, which is pretty much what all websites do nowadays. But because Prodigy exercised some degree of editorial control over its content, the court saw it as a publisher — legally liable for whatever appeared on its site.