Online Content Policy


, Tech Policy Press
Cross-Checking Cross Check: Recommendations to the Facebook Oversight Board
Chris Riley

The Oversight Board– better known to many as the Facebook Oversight Board– has invited public input as it formulates a “policy advisory opinion” regarding the Meta corporation’s so-called…

Comments of the R Street Institute on Cross-check – Policy Advisory Opinion Oversight Board
Chris Riley

The R Street Institute respectfully submits these comments in response to the request for public comment issued by the Oversight Board in connection with its consideration of a request by Meta for a…

, The Newnan Times-Herald
Maybe government doesn’t know what’s best for business
Marc Hyden

I am starting to believe that there’s nothing that many politicians hate more than successful businesses. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tech space, where many well-known companies are…

, The American Spectator
Sen. Cotton: Be Careful What You Wish For
Steven Greenhut

“Democracy,” H.L. Mencken wrote, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” Every new legislative session offers abundant evidence of the…

, Orange County Register
Xavier Becerra could become the federal truth czar
Steven Greenhut

Is it me or does the Facebook whistleblower’s “bombshell” revelations seem like much ado about very little? The company’s former product manager, Frances Haugen, has given the Securities and…

, Tech Policy Press
A fifth principle for pragmatic content policy?
Chris Riley

This week, the R Street Institute published a paper I wrote, Pragmatic Principles for Content Policy and Governance. While it’s easy to find thoughtful criticism and negative takes on what should…

In a New Policy Report, R Street Proposes 4 Principles for Regulating Online Content
Ann Phelan

WASHINGTON (Nov. 1, 2021)—Over the past several years, persistent and troubling problems with many of the internet’s online platforms and public spaces have come to light. In particular, the…

Pragmatic Principles for Content Policy and Governance
Chris Riley

Over the past two years the United States has seen a flurry of legislative proposals to modify Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, the infamous immunity provision designed to allow the use…

Event: Post-Pandemic Digital World: Platforms, Algorithms, Cybersecurity, and Justice
Shoshana Weissmann

From Western New England University Law Review:


The enduring global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our home, school, financial, and work lives. Social media…

, American Action Forum
Lessons from Past Technopanics for Current Social Media Debates
Jeffrey Westling

From American Action Forum:

Section 230 establishes that platforms are not legally liable for the content of their website when engaging in content moderation. Such proposals could affect the…

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