| February Wed, 2024

Opinion: A Civic Trust Could Monitor Social Media Content Better Than Congress or the Supreme Court

Those attempting, in light of last week’s decision to hear the case, to anticipate how the Supreme Court may decide the scope of social media platforms’ obligation to moderate content would do well to consider the following colloquy from last February’s oral argument in Gonzalez v. Google. What’s the difference, Justice Clarence Thomas wanted to know, between someone who is interested in rice pilaf, who is steered to sites favoring rice pilaf recipes, and someone interested in terrorism, who is steered to ISIS sites? When counsel answered that there is no difference, Justice Thomas responded, “Then doesn’t that mean that the algorithm is neutral?

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