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Freedom of speech expert available to comment on Trump's executive order on social media

Indiana University
29-May-2020 10:10 AM EDT, by Indiana University

President Trump signed an executive order May 28 that challenges the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The order limits legal protections that had shielded social media companies from liability for what gets posted on their platforms, making it easier for government regulators to assert that companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter are suppressing free speech when they suspend users or delete posts. 

Anthony L. Fargo, associate professor and director of the Center for International Law and Policy Studies at The Media School at Indiana University, has published numerous articles on the rights of journalists to protect confidential sources and the right to speak anonymously, online and off. His more recent works in progress analyze the problems with applying existing First Amendment legal precedents to social media and other online platforms.


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