Dewey on Facebook: Who Should Regulate Social Media?

Philosophy of Education 78 (3):53-65 (2022)
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Abstract

At the time of writing, social media is rife with misinformation and disinformation, having very real effects on our political processes and on the vaccination efforts of the COVID pandemic. As the effort to pass new laws and regulations on social media companies gains momentum, concerns remain about how to balance free speech rights and even who, if anyone, should be the one to regulate social media. Drawing on Dewey’s conception of the public, I argue for the regulation of social media companies by the state as part of the effort to curb misinformation and disinformation.

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Henry Lara-Steidel
Ohio State University

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