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Author: Daniel Ortner

August 12, 2019

The Hill: Government regulation of social media would kill the internet — and free speech

Social media companies have been criticized for disproportionately restricting content that offends political progressives. For example, a Pinterest insider recently leaked documents showing that the platform censors pro-life speech as "pornography." Popular "classical liberal" YouTuber Dave Rubin has complained that his videos are flagged and disc ...

August 06, 2019

The Hill: New York taxi regulator tries to put the brakes on free speech

Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have revolutionized local transportation and broken stagnant taxi monopolies. Ridesharing offers customers convenience and value, while providing drivers the opportunity to earn money on a flexible schedule. But there are downsides to this innovative new arrangement. For example, Uber drivers often work long ...

July 05, 2019

Supreme Court: Freedom of speech still applies to offensive speech

The First Amendment protects your right to say things that are crude, disparaging, immoral, or scandalous. It protects George Carlin's monologues the same as Shakespeare's sonnets. And it also means the government cannot deny you a trademark just because it doesn't like your brand name or message. Two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down ...

July 02, 2019

Regulating fisheries out of business won’t protect the oceans

When government regulations for America’s coastline go too far there are real consequences. Beach homeowners feel these abuses most often when they're forced to give up their property or acquiesce to absurd bureaucratic rules. But when the government sweeps in like a red tide, beachfront homeowners aren't the only victims. Small businesses ca ...

June 17, 2019

A First Amendment win: Supreme Court rules the government can’t control private speech

Property and free speech rights both scored a big victory at the Supreme Court this week, when the Court decided Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. Although the facts of this case focus narrowly on public access television networks, the Supreme Court's decision has significant implications for all property owners, the internet, and social ...

June 11, 2019

Government regulations for social media companies that censor political speech? No thanks

In recent weeks, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have banned hate groups and controversial figures such as Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, Alex Jones of Infowars, and others. This resulted in a chorus of criticism from politicians (across the ideological spectrum), pundits, and the general public. The Trump admini ...

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