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Social media regulation – and the future of Section 230 – are top of mind for many in Congress. Pavlo Conchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Beyond Section 230: A pair of social media experts describes how to bring transparency and accountability to the industry

A key piece of federal law, Section 230, has been credited with fostering the internet and allowing misinformation and hate speech to flourish. Here’s how it could be reformed.
Twitter users who are fleeing to the social media platform Mastodon are finding it to be a different animal. Davide Bonaldo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

What is Mastodon? A social media expert explains how the ‘federated’ network works and why it won’t be a new Twitter

The turmoil at Twitter has many people turning to an alternative, Mastodon. The social media platform does a lot of what Twitter and Facebook do, but there are key differences.
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.
Mark Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs may have to take notice of their workers’ complaints. Aaron Schwarz / Shutterstock

Revenge of the moderators: Facebook’s online workers are sick of being treated like bots

Mark Zuckerberg may try to minimise their concerns, but Facebook moderators and other online workers are beginning to organise for their own protection.

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