Government Regulation of Social Media: A Plausible Consideration

This paper examines social media and, respectively, the causes of misinformation, flaws of current social media supervision, and the benefits and disadvantages of government intervention.

Social media is a transformative form of communication and news dissemination. Unfortunately, it is easily abused by individuals and antagonistic countries to spread false information posing as credible news to sway the public opinion of US citizens. Furthermore, social media’s current state of self-regulation has made room for viral hate speech and sympathies toward hate groups. In a democracy with protected free speech, social media is dangerous due to targeted campaigns of false information purposefully hiding behind protections of the First Amendment.

As it is among the duties of the government to protect its people—from enemies foreign and domestic—and address societal issues, it is reasonable to suggest that government attention is directed toward the abuse of social media. However, government regulation could become a slippery slope for infringing on free speech.

So now, we are at a crossroad: should we prioritize free speech over government regulation in the usage of social media or vice versa?