Social Media Platforms are Censoring Everyone, Not Just Conservatives

Over the weekend, President Trump took to Twitter to complain about social media companies censoring conservatives. The President also declared that his administration would not let this supposed censorship continue. It’s unclear what prompted this latest string of tweets, but the President’s tweets reflect the attitude of many on the political right. The view that […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ad Verification, Facebook, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Social Media

Regulating the Internet: A Dangerous Trend for Free Speech

PDF available here The First Amendment is facing a new threat in state legislatures. A spate of bills that would regulate political and issue advertising on the Internet are jeopardizing free speech. Promoted under the guise of “transparency” or as a response to foreign meddling in U.S. elections, these complicated proposals can be difficult to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, Internet Speech Regulation

Be on the Lookout: Four Red Flags in Bills that Will Chill Online Speech

PDF available here The Internet and social media outreach are more important than ever to campaigns. As a result, legislators face a temptation to regulate this growing medium. Those favoring more speech regulation are now seizing on reports of Russian Facebook ad buys as justification for passing strict laws regulating online speech. But these ads […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, Internet Speech Regulation, Social Media

Facebook’s Free Speech Paradox

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for comments in a recent interview on the technology podcast, Recode Decode. During the interview, Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s practice of not removing content that is blatantly false. In defense of this practice, Zuckerberg articulated his belief that Facebook shouldn’t become an arbiter of truth. Zuckerberg’s and Facebook’s […]

Filed Under: Blog, Facebook, Internet Speech Regulation, Mark Zuckerberg, Political Advertising, Social Media

FEC Should Not Dictate What Types of Ads Speakers Use

Legal Director Allen Dickerson Testifies at Hearing on Internet Ad Disclaimers Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech Legal Director Allen Dickerson urged the Federal Election Commission to adopt flexible rules for online ad disclaimers at an FEC hearing Wednesday morning. “Americans must be able to use any commercially available advertising product to promote a political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Speaking About Federal Elections Online Just Got Much Harder

In the midst of the 2018 primary season, Twitter recently announced a new policy regarding paid political speech on its platform. Twitter follows in the footsteps of both Facebook and Google, who recently unveiled their own policies governing paid political speech on their platforms. These new policies are a direct response to the purchase of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Political Advertising, Social Media, Twitter

Debunking Three Myths about the “Honest Ads Act”

PDF available here The deceptively-named “Honest Ads Act” is a proposal in Congress that would increase regulations for paid political and issue advertising on the Internet – including communications by organizations engaged in nonpartisan voter education, registration, and get out the vote efforts. In order to run such ads, groups would be forced to comply […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Federal, disclaimers, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Russia

FEC Should Avoid Overburdening Online Political Ads

Comments filed by IFS urge the Commission to respect free speech online Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech filed comments Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to the agency’s March 26 announcement proposing revisions to disclaimer regulations as applied to public communications over the Internet. The Institute’s comments remind the FEC not to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-06 (Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication”)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel 1050 First Street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication” (Notice 2018-06) Dear Chair Hunter, Vice Chair Weintraub, and members of the Federal […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Distrusting “Suspicious” Online Ads Is No Excuse for Restricting Americans’ Free Speech

A new study is being hyped as evidence that the government needs to police the First Amendment on social media. This month, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Issue One – two groups that advocate for greater political speech regulations – authored a press release touting a study by the research team of Professor Young […]

Filed Under: Blog, Campaign Legal Center, Facebook, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Political Ads, Young Mie Kim

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.