Social Media and Free Speech: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

Social Media and Free Speech: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND FREE SPEECH: Should Social Media Companies Do More to Combat Disinformation and Extremism on Their Platforms?

Should social media companies do more to combat disinformation and extremism on their platforms? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this divisive issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.

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Disinformation and extremism online can subvert the democratic process and lead to real-world tragedy. Too often, social media companies have chosen profit over responsibility. It is not a violation of free speech for private companies to moderate content.

Social media companies should prioritize freedom of expression over censorship. The best way to combat bad speech is through better speech. Pushing platforms to more aggressively vet content will lead to bias and suppression in the Internet’s most important forums.

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