• Investor Lonsdale breaks from Facebook to protest move to ‘authoritarian left’

    Investor Lonsdale breaks from Facebook to protest move to ‘authoritarian left’

    Joe Lonsdale is taking a break from Facebook to protest what he calls the social network’s capitulation to the “authoritarian left.”The 38-year-old Silicon Valley investor — a
  • Does it feel like you’re walking on eggshells lately when talking about politics? You’re not alone...

    Does it feel like you’re walking on eggshells lately when talking about politics? You’re not alone...

    A new national survey of 2,000 Americans I conducted at the Cato Institute finds that 62 percent of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying what they believe because others might find it offensive. This share is up from 58 percent in 2017. Notably, self‐​censorship is not a partisan issue. Majorities of Democrats (52 percent), Independents …
  • Majority of Americans Self-Censor Political Views in Public, Survey Finds

    Majority of Americans Self-Censor Political Views in Public, Survey Finds

    About three-fifths of Americans believe that the national political climate prevents them from voicing certain opinions, according to a yearly survey by the Cato Institute. The survey, conducted in July 2020, found that 62 percent of respondents either “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed with the statement, “The political climate these days prevents me from saying things …
  • Twitter Says Trump’s Renewed Voter Fraud Claims Don’t Violate Rules, Despite Previous Fact Check

    Twitter Says Trump’s Renewed Voter Fraud Claims Don’t Violate Rules, Despite Previous Fact Check

    Twitter will not label President Trump’s renewed claims that the 2020 election “will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history” due to mass vote-by-mail, despite fact-checking the president last month for similar claims. Trump tweeted multiple times Monday criticizing the push for increasing remote voting through mail-in ballots for the November election. “RIGGED …
  • Latin American Free speech and civil institutions will Be a Casualty of COVID-19?

    Latin American Free speech and civil institutions will Be a Casualty of COVID-19?

    Protesters in many countries may find themselves facing down state forces with extralegal powers and a muzzled press. Sixteen Latin American countries severely restricted their borders in mid-March, creating a physical firewall against the coronavirus that they hope will allow them to avoid the fate of countries such as Italy, Spain, and the United States. …
  • Civil-Rights Groups Call for Facebook Ad Boycott

    Civil-Rights Groups Call for Facebook Ad Boycott

    A number of U.S. civil-rights groups are calling on major advertisers to pull their ads from Facebook to protest what they say is the mammoth social media company’s “repeated failure” to adequately address the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation on its platform. The Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP along with four other groups announced …
  • Josh Hawley, Backing Trump in Twitter Feud, Calls to Revoke Liability Protections for Google, Social Media Giants

    Josh Hawley, Backing Trump in Twitter Feud, Calls to Revoke Liability Protections for Google, Social Media Giants

    Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) on Wednesday called to revoke liability protections for social media companies in a move that could have far-reaching ramifications for the regulation of speech on the internet. “It’s pretty simple: if Twitter and Google and the rest are going to editorialize and censor and act like traditional publishers, they should …
  • Trump Threatens to Regulate, Close Social-Media Companies amid Tensions with Twitter

    Trump Threatens to Regulate, Close Social-Media Companies amid Tensions with Twitter

    President Trump on Wednesday threatened social-media companies with regulation and even closure over past alleged election interference, a day after Twitter fact-checked two of the president’s tweets, a first for the company. In several tweets on Wednesday morning, the president accused social-media companies of silencing conservatives, as well as interfering in the 2016 election. “Republicans …
  • Regulate Speech? How About We DON'T!

    Regulate Speech? How About We DON'T!

    In the last lecture, we looked at those arguments that won the debate for free speech. Historically, those arguments were nested in different philosophical contexts, and they were often tailored to audiences hostile in varying degrees to free speech. So let me summarize, in contemporary language, the elements of those arguments that are still with …