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The Twitter Files, Section 230, and the Free Market

March 22, 2023

The release of the Twitter files—a series of exposé posts by journalists given access to Twitter’s internal documents—has breathed new life into the debate surrounding regulating Big Tech companies and their role in safeguarding freedom of speech. These files uncovered the coordination between Twitter HQ and federal intelligence agencies, leading the House Oversight and Accountability Committee to bring in top Twitter executives to testify. Coupled with recent legal challenges to Section 230—the provision that protects websites hosting third-party content from lawsuits—the foundations of the modern Internet are being reassessed.Is Big Tech really the existential threat to free speech that its critics claim it to be? How can policymakers address the challenges posed by Big Tech without limiting the immense benefits? Here is a selection of recent arguments by thought leaders sympathetic to the free market to shed light on these questions.  


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