Capitol Hill Briefing

Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media

April 15, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

2045 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring John Samples, Vice President, Cato Institute; Matthew Feeney, Director, Project on Emerging Technologies, Cato Institute; moderated by Jeff Vanderslice, Director, Government and External Affairs, Cato Institute.

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Until recently, private social media companies have been free to moderate content on their own platforms. But accusations of political bias have caused some to call for government regulation of the efforts social media companies make to moderate content. Some have even suggested that social media entities ought to be nationalized to ensure they operate in the public interest. Is there a role here for government to play, or would government intervention create unintended consequences while simultaneously stifling free speech? These are just some of the questions addressed in John Samples’s recently published policy analysis, “Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation by Social Media.”

Join us on Monday, April 15, to hear from author John Samples and the director of Cato’s project on emerging technologies, Matthew Feeney.