R Sheet On Online Content Policy

Key Points

The internet allows for unprecedented connectivity between users across the globe.
Regulations imposed upon platforms to limit harmful speech, such as “fake news,” or to placate worries about political biases can cause significant harm without adding noticeable benefits.
Lawmakers should consider the four general principles discussed herein before taking steps to regulate the methods platforms use to moderate content.
Taking these into account, regulators can work with platforms and content generators to develop a framework that facilitates online discussion while limiting the potential harm it can inflict.

The Internet has allowed for an unprecedented level of connectivity across the globe. Accordingly, online platforms that harness this connectivity and facilitate communication between users now play a vital role in how society functions and expresses political ideas.

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