Facebook and the Identity Business
First Amendment News
Facebook revealed in September 2017 that Russian-linked groups had waged a disinformation campaign on its platform to influence the 2016 election. The news caused public outcry and led to a series of self-regulating responses from Facebook and other social media companies. In a new work-in-progress, I will examine Facebook’s regulation of political speech and, more broadly, what it means for political discourse to be regulated through private ordering by a global, profit-seeking, public company. My conclusions are different from those of some other scholars, in part because I give sharp focus to Facebook as a business actor.
Sarah C. Haan, Facebook and the Identity Business, First Amend. News (Sept. 20, 2018), https://concurringopinions.com/archives/2018/09/fan-200-first-amendment-news-sarah-c-haan-facebook-and-the-identity-business.html.