Western democracies are built on the notion that a free society must rely on the marketplace of ideas to sort out good ideas from bad, no matter how foul or offensive (with some limitations, of course).
Perhaps President John F. Kennedy put it best: “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
The ascendancy of the internet and social media platforms, however, has made it far easier to spread disinformation, profit from fake news, stoke political angst and propagate violence. Should these platforms now be held legally responsible for the content appearing on them or is the First Amendment and laws such as the Communications Decency Act still sufficient safeguards?
Join Craigslist General Counsel Jason Yurasek in exploring the moral and legal issues surrounding this hot topic.