Free Speech Online: Unfriended

Zach Graves and Ryan Radia join us this week to debate if anti-conservative bias on social media is real or not. 

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Over the past several years, conservative complaints about social media bias have grown. Some conservatives allege that platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have tweaked their algorithms in ways that effectively downgrade conservative content or that they have “shadow-banned” conservative voices. In this episode, Paul and Will are joined by Zach Graves and Ryan Radia, both from the Lincoln Network, to discuss to what extent these allegations are legitimate and to weigh subsequent calls for government regulation.

Is news structurally biased? How do conservatives and liberals respond differently to their content being censored online? Is Facebook a legitimate moderator of its’ own platform? What are the bounds of debate in our country? What is a “quality” experience on a social media platform? What is Section 230? What is the Fairness Doctrine?

Further Reading:

Why I’m Suing Twitter, written by Meghan Murphy

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People, written by Jason Koebler and Joseph Kox

Google News results favor left-leaning media, report finds, written by Cat Hofacker

Related Content:

Free Speech Online, Free Thoughts Podcast

Toward an Uncensored Internet, written by Sonya Mann

For Bad Speech, Is Sunlight Really the Best Disinfectant?, written by Christian Barnard