Deep Dive Episode 162 – Is Common Carrier the Solution to Social-Media Censorship?
Regulatory Transparency Project's Fourth Branch Podcast
|Topics:||Administrative Law & Regulation • Corporations, Securities & Antitrust • Telecommunications & Electronic Media|
|Sponsors:||Regulatory Transparency Project|
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Recently, Big Tech companies have come under fire from all sides for their content moderation decisions. Some argue Big Tech companies are not doing enough to stem the spread of harmful content and misinformation. Others contend Big Tech companies' selective approaches to moderation belies partisan preferences — silencing only certain voices and threatening to undermine democratic values. The recent actions by Big Tech companies regarding President Trump have brought these concerns to a head.
Many different solutions have been proposed during the uproar surrounding the debate. Among these options, some have posited that historical regulation of common carriers can provide a road map for appropriate and effective big tech regulation. Do the market positions of modern giants like Twitter and Facebook generate common-carrier obligations? Should they? Experts discuss these issues, exploring the relevant legal contours and the desirability of the proposed common carrier solution to curb Big Tech power, as well as other issues surrounding the debate.
- Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law and Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law
- Joshua Wright, Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
- [Moderator] Elyse Dorsey, Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
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