Nieman Lab: Soft power — not government censorship — is the key to fighting disinformation and “fake news”

Nieman Lab: Soft power — not government censorship — is the key to fighting disinformation and “fake news”. “Content regulation of material that — while perhaps problematic and uncomfortable — is often part of political debate smacks of censorship and is at odds with freedom of expression. Asking the executive branch to directly police acceptable speech is in direct tension with citizens’ fundamental right to receive and impart information and views without interference from public authorities. To demand technology companies police speech on their platforms without clearly defining how exactly they are supposed to do so — and who citizens can appeal to — is simply privatizing the problem.”

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