Items tagged "Free Expression"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes White House Section 230 Executive Order Reversal

May 14, 2021 FCC , Free Expression , Section 230

Today, President Biden revoked an Executive Order signed by former President Trump that would have directed the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to regulate speech on social media platforms. Public Knowledge commends the administration for reversing an Order that would have jeopardized free speech online and urges Congress to consider our common-sense principles to ensure that any Section 230 changes promote the public interest.

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Public Knowledge Launches Principles Guiding Section 230 Reform to Protect Free Expression Online

February 11, 2021 Free Expression , principles , Public Knowledge , Section 230

Today, Public Knowledge released principles to help guide discussions of possible Section 230 reform to ensure that any changes promote the public interest. These principles are meant to provide guardrails for policymakers to protect consumers’ ability to freely express themselves online while also addressing the challenges posed by content moderation.

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Video: Free Expression Forum – How Section 230 Uplifts Marginalized Voices

September 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Free Expression , Free Expression Forum , Free Speech , Freedom of Expression , marginalized communities , Section 230 , Webinar Series

The Free Expression Forum at Public Knowledge is an ongoing series of dialogues about the importance of free expression online to artists, entrepreneurs, and content creators. It highlights how policy decisions impact this important value and how the community of diverse online voices must stand up to preserve it as technology develops. This first forum […]

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Reject Unlawful Trump Administration Request to Rewrite Section 230

September 2, 2020 FCC , Free Expression , Section 230 , social media

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on the Trump Administration’s unlawful attempt to have the FCC assert jurisdiction over, and rewrite, Section 230 of the Communications Act. 

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Public Knowledge Warns New Copyright Office Study Risks Free Speech, Online Marketplace

May 22, 2020 Copyright Office , Copyright Reform , Free Expression , Free Speech , Report , Safe Harbor , Section 512

Yesterday, the U.S. Copyright Office released a report evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the “safe harbor” provisions contained in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The report recommends “rebalancing” the “safe harbor” protection — jeopardizing one of the most important safeguards for the Open Internet without taking due account of ways the current system has been abused.

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Last week, President Trump used social media to encourage his supporters to storm the Capitol to attempt to maintain his power. In the wake of this violent insurrection against the certification of our election, the President and some of his supporters are claiming that the First Amendment rights of the President have been violated because […]

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A Superfund for the Internet Could Clean Up Our Polluted Information Ecosystem

December 23, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , First Amendment , Free Expression , misinformation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Section 230 , Superfund , Superfund for the Internet

In a recent interview, former President Obama called the lack of a “common baseline of fact” the “single greatest threat to our democracy.” Our increasingly polluted information environment — including the proliferation of “crazy lies and conspiracy theories” on social media — divides society while undermining public faith in facts, impeding our ability to face […]

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Breaking Down and Taking Down Trump’s Latest Proposed Executive Order Spanking Social Media

June 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , FCC , First Amendment , Free Expression , Freedom of Expression , FTC , Legal Analysis , Litigation , misinformation , Net Neutrality , Platform Regulation , Section 230

Bashing social media for supposed liberal bias has become pretty standard fare for some conservative pundits and politicians. This remains true despite zero evidence of any kind of bias by social media companies against conservative content or Republican politicians. In fairness, Democratic political leaders have made similar accusations. For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has […]

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App Store Control Is Less Important Than Human Rights, Actually 

October 11, 2019 Apple , Free Expression , Free Speech , Global , Human Rights , Privacy , security

I have written about app stores at length before but it is worth reiterating a few points given the recent news about Apple removing access to the Hkmap.live app (which helps people track police activity) and Google removing access to The Revolution of Our Times (a protest game).  First, Apple’s (and Google’s) explanations don’t pass […]

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Speech and Commerce: What Section 230 Should and Should Not Protect

September 24, 2019 Content Liability , Free Expression , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

This is the fourth blog post in a series about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. You can view the full series here. Section 230 plays an important role in allowing sites with user-generated content to operate in general–since it shields them from most liability for third-party speech–while giving them the ability to moderate […]

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