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Social Media and The Power of Big Tech Companies

January 15, 2021

Rioters mobilized to storm the US Capitol predominantly on social media. When Facebook, Twitter and other major networks started removing the most extreme posts, users migrated to platforms like Parler and MeWe.

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Free speech on social networks

Conservative users are increasingly jumping ship from major social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and heading for platforms like Parler, Gab and MeWe. Many feel their right to freedom of speech is under threat.


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Section 230: "26 words that created the Internet"

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act could be seen as the legal foundation that today’s Internet rests upon. But that might soon change. What impact would it have if platforms were regulated for user content?

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