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Internet Speech: A Boon to Civic Engagement

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The internet is an empowering and diversifying medium capable of uplifting marginalized voices. It has allowed more Americans to meaningfully participate in political dialogue and access more information and speech than ever before. It has enabled the average person to initiate and participate in movements for political and social change and to challenge power and authority. In the internet age,…

Honest Ads Act Is False Advertising

October 16, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The Honest Ads Act is a needless sacrifice of First Amendment rights, not a serious effort to secure elections.

Facebook’s Ad Policy is Being Weaponized

August 29, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Facebook is allowing its ad policy to be weaponized by political operatives to suppress speech they don’t like. And in so doing, the company ...

California’s “Deepfake” Bill is a Bad Omen

July 18, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

Members of Congress and state legislators alike are worried about “deepfakes” – videos altered by artificial intelligence to make it appear as though someone ...

Honest Ads Act Might Not Harm Facebook, But What About Everyone Else?

July 15, 2019   •  By Meghan Brandabur   •  , ,

The "Honest Ads Act" has recently been thrust back into the spotlight, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterated his support for it at the ...

Cruz to Google: It’s Eleven O’clock, Do You Know Where Your Employees’ Political Contributions Are?

June 26, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz grilled Google User Experience Director Maggie Stanphill on a subject that is neither ...

Misnamed ‘Honest Ads Act’ would restrict free speech

June 17, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

America’s response to foreign interference must respect constitutional rights.

YouTube Hate Speech Policy Rollout Backfires Predictably

June 14, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The latest attempt by a major social media platform to implement sweeping new content rules met predictable backlash, as YouTube’s effort to remove “hate ...

Mark Zuckerberg wants government to control speech on Facebook

June 10, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Handing over the reins to government will destroy free expression on Facebook.

The Washington Post, Et Al., v. David J. McManus, Jr. Et Al.

June 7, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Maryland’s law requires press entities and Internet advertisers to amass vast  amounts of information—every buyer of advertisements and their underlying donors—in order to possibly ...

Congress’ Growing Desire to Regulate Silicon Valley Threatens the First Amendment

April 17, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

However little Americans may trust companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter – and that skepticism is surely warranted – it would be immensely dangerous ...

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