When: February 4, 2021 2:30pm-3:30pm ET
Where: Virtual

Moderator: Chris Riley, Resident Senior Fellow, Internet Governance, R Street Institute


Social media has long presented a thorny challenge for American governance: how should the right to online freedom of expression be weighed against necessary restrictions on some speech to uphold public safety? With politicization around the concept of online content moderation at an all-time high, Facebook’s newly created Oversight Board just announced its first five decisions, four of which would overturn Facebook’s original stance. Now the board will face its biggest test yet. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to suspend former President Donald Trump from his platform permanently was referred to the Board for review and appeal. The Board decision—coming within the next 90 days—is expected to have broad implications for the future of speech online.

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