Challenging the Social Media Moral Panic: Preserving Free Expression under Hypertransparency

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Jul 31, 2019 | Cato Institute, Milton Mueller

Once credited with fostering a global civil society and bringing down tyrannical governments, social media are now blamed for an assortment of social ills - data breaches, hate speech, addiction, mob violence, and the destruction of democracy.  Milton Mueller suggests in this policy analysis for the Cato Institute that hypertransparency and the demand for content control are the key drivers of the new panic. This is feeding upon itself, creating conditions for policy reactions that overlook or challenge values of free expression and free enterprise. By learning more tolerance, and taking more responsibility for what is seen and done on social media, users can respond to the problems while retaining the benefits.



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