Many conservatives argue that Facebook and Google are monopolies seeking to restrict conservative speech. In contrast, some on the left complain that large social media platforms fostered both Trump’s election in 2016 and violence in Charlottesville in 2017. Many on both sides believe that government should actively regulate the moderation of social media platforms to attain fairness, balance, or other values. In a new paper, Cato scholar John Samples argues that preventing harms caused by “fake news” or “hate speech” lies well beyond the jurisdiction of the government.
- “Why the Government Should Not Regulate Content Moderation of Social Media,” by John Samples
- “Why Mark Zuckerberg Is Mistaken to Welcome Federal Regulation of Facebook,” Podcast featuring John Samples