October 18, 2019
On this segment of “Quality Assurance,” I take a deep dive on platforms and regulating speech. I spoke with Daphne Keller, who is at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation.
Daphne Keller: People, including most Americans, very much want platforms to take down a bunch of information that is legal. We want them to take down racial epithets, or bullying, or violent extremist content. And in most cases, that’s not illegal. It’s protected by the First Amendment. We wind up in a situation where we are asking platforms themselves to become the creators and enforcers of a new set of rules.
Molly Wood: In the past week, we’ve had obviously Mark Zuckerberg giving this big defense of free expression. We’ve had Twitter saying, “We want to put as few limits as possible on speech by elected officials that we consider newsworthy.” Where are these guys right, and what are they leaving out?