Cyber Democracy: Regulating the 21st Century Internet

June 25, 2020

As the debate regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act highlights, tech platforms, left to their own devices, are in many ways helping to codify what is increasingly an internet bifurcated by political and philosophical beliefs: you’re either in the “Dorsey” or “Zuckerberg” camp.

 

Facebook recently failed to take down a deepfake video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Twitter has adopted new policies urging users to “get the facts” or read before retweeting. As tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon increasingly govern themselves, fundamental questions arise regarding internet regulation and the role of government in our digital world. As the debate regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act highlights, tech platforms, left to their own devices, are in many ways helping to codify what is increasingly an internet bifurcated by political and philosophical beliefs: you’re either in the “Dorsey” or “Zuckerberg” camp.