Government Regulation of Social Media Won’t Protect Free Speech

Source: Reason
by Steven Greenhut

“To paraphrase H.L. Mencken, conservatives may get what they deserve, good and hard. Congress is floating proposals to rein in tech companies, including efforts to overturn the Section 230 rule of the Communications Decency Act that protects those firms from liability from the posts made by individuals. Without that rule, these platforms could never have taken off. By eliminating that regulation, many conservatives think they will punish tech companies for their alleged censorship of conservative views, but the opposite is more likely. The firms won’t let their sites turn into the equivalent of your spam folder — so they will do what progressives want and tightly control everything that’s posted.” (11/12/21)