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Internet technologies have meant that the public sphere has now become digital, but what does that mean for its ownership? (Gian Cescon/Unsplash)

Elon Musk’s proposed takeover of Twitter raises questions about its role in the digital social infrastructure

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is seen as a threat to the digital public square. International regulation is required to protect internet users’ access to democratic public spaces.
A lawsuit filed on April 12 alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk illegally delayed disclosing his stake in Twitter so he could buy more shares at lower prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

If Elon Musk succeeds in his Twitter takeover, it would restrict, rather than promote, free speech

Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter uses free speech as the motivation, but research shows that unregulated online spaces result in increased harassment for marginalized users.
Congress has asked many questions of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg but has done little to regulate Facebook. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

3 ways Congress could hold Facebook accountable for its actions

Pressure is mounting on Congress to take action on Facebook. Our panel of experts offers their top priorities: user control of data, banking-like oversight and resources to close the digital divide.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress have asked sharp questions of social media CEOs as lawmakers consider changes to landmark internet legislation. Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP

What is Section 230? An expert on internet law and regulation explains the legislation that paved the way for Facebook, Google and Twitter

A terse piece of legislation from 1996 has been credited with creating the internet as we know it – and blamed for the flood of misinformation and other ills that have come with it.
Facebook’s Oversight Board recently upheld a decision to remove posts using ethnic slurs against Azerbaijanis. Here Azerbaijani troops march during a military parade in Baku in December 2020 in celebration of a peace deal with Armenia. (AP Photo)

Facebook is stepping in where governments won’t on free expression

The decisions made by Facebook through its content moderators and Oversight Board have significant implications for the exercise of worldwide freedom of expression and speech.
Canada is poised to pass laws aimed at social media companies and harmful online content. Is it the right approach? (AP Photos)

Planned social media regulations set a dangerous precedent

Canada needs to think carefully about our approach to regulating online harm. Rather than going it alone and taking aim at social media companies, Canada should work with other democracies.

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