Tomorrow I will talk in my class presentation about whether and how social media should be regulated. Some of the most important concerns in this area revolve around the issues of free speech, democracy and censorship. A number of European countries have debated and enacted certain provisions which go some way to ‘regulating’ or ‘censoring’ social media posts. Have a read of these 2 articles (one about Ireland and one about Germany); they serve as interesting comparisons to the legal landscape in Canada. The core of the presentation tomorrow will consider whether it is appropriate for governments or for individual social media companies to decide what may and may not be posted on social media platforms, or whether there might be an alternative and/or hybrid route to answering this difficult question.
A social media watchdog in Ireland? https://www.siliconrepublic.com/enterprise/digital-safety-commissioner-social-media-watchdog-ireland
Censorship in Germany? https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-01-03/welcome-to-2018-the-year-of-censored-social-media