Social Media Censorship

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Free speech is being challenged around the world. A comedian in Brazil gets six months in prison for offending public officials. Global leaders have signed a pact pushing for tighter controls over online content. And the Trump White House has launched a survey asking people whether they’ve been censored on social media.

Some people want more censorship. Others decry the growing trend toward speech limitations. What is the answer? Can we remove bad content without threatening our inherent First Amendment rights? Robert explores this important communication topic with an expert from the Cato Institute.

Also, this week’s Buzzer Beater guest joins the show from his perch on Embassy Row, where the questions take on an international flavor. And Jason reviews a tasty tweet about pancakes that lands it’s sponsor on a hot griddle.

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Right-wing comedian’s prison sentence sparks free-speech debate in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

White House declines to back Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech
concerns

White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter

Guest: Jordan Humphreys

AP Stylebook

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Government aims to make UK safest place in world to be online

European Parliament approves controversial copyright law

Guest: Will Duffield

Why the government should not regulate content moderation of social media

The twenty-six words that created the internet

The new governors: The people, rules, and processes governing online speech

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