COMMENTARY

Does Mark Zuckerberg Understand How The Right To Free Speech Works?

A new audit warns that Facebook may be “driving people toward self-reinforcing echo chambers of extremism.”

Hawley Unveils Bill Targeting Big Tech’s Shield

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will introduce legislation today that would give consumers grounds to sue companies like Facebook or Twitter over accusations of selective censorship of political speech.

Facebook, Free Speech And Political Ads

A number of Facebook’s recent decisions have fueled a criticism that continues to follow the company, including the decision not to fact-check political advertising and the inclusion of Breitbart News in the company’s new “trusted sources” News tab. These controversies were stoked even further by Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at Georgetown University last week, where he tried—mostly unsuccessfully—to portray Facebook as a defender of free speech. Discussing all this are Alex Stamos, former chief technology officer of Facebook, veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher, Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, and Stanford researcher Kate Klonick.

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Online Activists Hit Hatemongers In The Wallet

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Free Speech Is On A Slippery Slope

Rich people have free speech rights. Do the corporations they run? That question is destroying democracy.

Pai: FCC Can’t Pull Licenses Over Content

The top U.S. communications regulator on Tuesday declined to criticize President Donald Trump’s attacks on broadcasters. In his first public appearance since Trump tweeted that Comcast’s NBC and other broadcasters should lose their licenses for reporting “fake news,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai instead noted that his agency could not do what the president wanted.

America’s Many Divides Over Free Speech

A new survey explores Americans’ views on hate speech, political correctness, Nazi-punching, job terminations for offensive speech, and much more.

Journos, Learn About Your Reporting Rights

MPAA’s Dodd To Chair Free Speech Week Council

The Media Institute and the Motion Picture Association of America, announced today that MPAA Chairman-CEO Chris Dodd will be the chair of the 2013 Advisory Council for Free Speech Week (FSW), a nationwide celebration of free speech. Free Speech Week is an annual event celebrated during the third week of October. It has traditionally featured panel discussions, events […]

JESSELL AT LARGE

1st, 2nd Amendments Closer Than I Thought

What strikes me about the arguments of gun advocates is how similar they are to the ones that I and other free speech advocates regularly make. For instance, they say the answer to too much gun violence is more guns. We say the answer to false, hateful and pernicious speech is more speech. Maybe you just can’t cherry pick the Bill of Rights.

OPEN MIKE BY PATRICK MAINES

Free Speech Is Real Loser In Rush Kerfuffle

The bad news in the Rush Limbaugh controversy is that while some people are recommending that the FCC take him off the air or think he should be prosecuted; and after a number of his advertisers have been cowed into dropping his show, most of the media and journalism organizations one might expect to defend him have remained silent. Looking beyond the campaign against Limbaugh, one can see that this and kindred efforts aren’t going to end well for freedom of speech.

JESSELL AT LARGE

The Rush To Boycott Rush Is Dangerous

This anti-Limbaugh movement is starting to look like a mob. Other radio personalities without Rush’s bank account or following may pull back from lusty debate for fear they could be the next target of advertiser boycotts. And it will give TV broadcasters one more reason to avoid political speech (or anything else) that would rile viewers and risk unhappy advertisers. Not that they need another reason. Perhaps conditioned from all those years operating under the fairness doctrine, TV stations for the most part have acted as if it were still in effect.

OPEN MIKE BY WILLIAM O'SHAUGHNESSY

In Defense of Rush … And Others Before Him

We’ve always had terrible examples to defend. And Rush Limbaugh has given us another stellar specimen of vulgar discourse. But defend it we must. Not the hateful, demeaning and discomfiting words. But the right of our colleague — the social commentator — to be heard.  And the right of the people to decide.