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More Than a Third of Americans Think the Government Should Regulate Podcasts

A recent Campaign for Free Speech poll, finding widespread hostility among the American public to free speech and free press, is cause for concern. But it’s not just the mainstream press, such as TV and print media, that Americans are skeptical of. Podcasts and blogs are under threat, as well. According to the poll, 36% of Americans would support a...

What Do Trump and AOC Have in Common? Legal Problems.

There’s not much politically in common between President Trump and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they do face similar legal issues related to the First Amendment. In July 2019, a federal appeals court ruled that President Trump could not block people from his Twitter account, which prevents them from reading his posts (unless they log out). The court ruled that because...

College Campuses: A Free Speech Battlefield

The famous case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969) set the standard for free speech in education. In this case, the Supreme Court famously stated: “Students and teachers do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gates.” However, in recent times higher education has become a battleground for free speech. Many stories...

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Free Speech Essential for Democracy

While speaking at Georgetown University last week, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, addressed the need for more free speech—not less. This comes at a pivotal moment, as the First Amendment is under attack—51% of Americans would support it being rewritten—and social media companies are under pressure to reject free expression on their platforms. In a recent Democratic debate, for...