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Should the government regulate social media?

President Trump is threatening to "strongly regulate" or even "close down" some social media sites after Twitter placed a fact-check on one his posts which falsely claimed that mail-in voting would lead to increased voter fraud. All available research, as well as years of evidence from states like Utah and California implementing similar systems, show that the mail-in voting is a reliable, safe and accountable way to conduct elections. Traditionally, Republicans believe companies should be left to their own devices—the Trump administration has made it a point to undo government regulations to give companies more leeway. The theory is that companies know how to best conduct their business, not the government.

However, in this case, President Trump and Conservatives feel as though they are being targeted on social media—even though platforms like Twitter carved out specific exceptions for Trump's posts after he repeatedly violated the rules everyone else follows on the platform. Republicans have attacked the majority of tech platforms, accusing them of discriminating against Conservatives. However, the available evidence actually shows social media companies bending over backward to accommodate right-wing and conservative views.

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What Trump is calling for is really about preventing others from critiquing his speech. He has every right to say any falsehood he wants to say. He has no right to prevent others from challenging him on those statements. The entire premise of the right-wing idea to free speech is that it's really freedom from criticism of speech. It is a don't-tell-me-what-to-say-or-do idea of free speech—perhaps in a similar vein to refusing to wear a mask or rejecting social distancing recommendations. 

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This post by Will Chamberlain sums up the conservative position. They feel like they are under attack and the only recourse is for the government to step in and protect them. 

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