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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,…

Gonzalez v. Google

December 8, 2022   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Large social-media platforms predictably favor an expansive reading of section 230 immunity that maximizes their discretion while minimizing their potential liability. But while section ...

PayPal’s Policy Change Demonstrates Users Won’t Tolerate Vague Speech Taxes

December 1, 2022   •  By Alec Greven   •  ,

It has not been a good month at PayPal. On November 3rd the online payment platform would have brought into effect a policy change ...

FEC Draft Rule on Internet Communications Disclaimers Needs More Work

November 16, 2022   •  By Brad Smith and David Keating   •  , , ,

Update: On November 28, FEC Chairman Allen Dickerson and Commissioner Shana Broussard submitted a revised draft of the proposed final rule. The revised draft, ...

Washington state wages an unconstitutional war on political free speech

November 9, 2022   •  By Eric Wang   •  , ,

Washington’s prosecution of Meta and the resulting judgment is a miscarriage of justice. The unreasonable fine is the largest by far ever imposed for a campaign ...

DONNELLY: PayPal’s Speech-Chilling Regulations Incentivize Financially Ruining Users To Squelch Dissent

October 14, 2022   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Online financial giant PayPal jumped on — then quickly jumped off — the bandwagon of companies using “misinformation” concerns to justify punishing speech. But they added ...

Gilley v. Stabin

August 12, 2022   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

A local university professor filed a federal lawsuit against an officer in the University of Oregon’s Division of Equity and Inclusion for blocking him ...

Big Tech’s court wins risk a big backlash against Section 230

August 8, 2022   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Within these victories, however, lie the seeds of disaster for the platforms — the possible repeal, or substantial alteration, of Section 230 of the ...

To Protect Free Speech, Social Media Platforms Must Stop their Overreach

August 3, 2022   •  By David Keating   •  ,

Assaults on the culture of free speech grow by the day. Unfortunately, much of the assault is coming from the major social media platforms. 

Testimony of Mr. Gary M. Lawkowski Before the House Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections

June 22, 2022   •  By Gary Lawkowski   •  , ,

Disinformation is a bit like driving.  We all think we are good at identifying what is true and what is not, and that the ...

10 Things for Elon Musk to Do at Twitter

May 9, 2022   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

If Mr. Musk is serious about making the social-media behemoth a force for free speech, here are 10 things he can do:

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