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Podcast: Shoshana Weissmann on Why We Should Keep Section 230
Shoshana Weissmann

From Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson:

Some conservatives want Big Tech’s Section 230 privileges (which allows for free speech on the internet) pulled because they say they’re being censored….

, Deregulator
Trump ‘silenced,’ then creates website
Shoshana Weissmann

From Deregulator:

The bill covers a lot more than Facebook and Instagram, says Shoshana Weissmann, senior manager for digital media at the R Street Institute, who deals daily with attempts to…

, The Atlantic
Ban Him Forever
Paul Rosenzweig

This morning an oversight board created by Facebook approved the company’s January decision to indefinitely suspend Donald Trump from its platform, and gave the company six months to clarify the…

, The Washington Times
Social media accused of profiting from ‘addiction’ as lawmakers eye crackdown
Canyon Brimhall

From The Washington Times:

Canyon Brimhall, the libertarian R Street Institute’s federal government affairs manager, told The Washington Times that the government only makes the situation…

Fifteen organizations unite against state mandates on app stores that would decrease security and increase costs
William Gray

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2021)—The R Street Institute and 14 other organizations joined together in a broad coalition opposed to proposed state legislation that would mandate changes to app stores,…

Coalition Opposes State App Store Mandates
Wayne Brough

Dear Senator/Representative:

We, the undersigned, oppose state regulations on online application distribution platforms, more commonly known as app stores. Google’s Play Store is the largest app…

Regulation Digest – April 14, 2021
Chris Riley

From The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center:

– Debate over Section 230, David Morar & Chris Riley

What to do about the problem with social media?
Jeffrey Westling

From Nevada Policy Research Institute:

What is Section 230? 

The Misinformation Congress Peddled at a Hearing to Combat Misinformation with Technology CEOs
Shoshana Weissmann & Canyon Brimhall

At the end of March, two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees held a joint hearing titled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation.” This is ironic…

, Brookings
A guide for conceptualizing the debate over Section 230
Chris Riley

Though they were once the darlings of society, major tech companies have decidedly fallen out of favor. A range of real and perceived abuses by the large tech companies have spurred…