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Breitbart’s Misleading Claims of Google “Censorship”

Breitbart recently published a leaked March 2018 presentation given at Google, which it describes as “bombshell” evidence of Google’s “abandonment of free speech.” According to Breitbart, Google believes that “the ‘American tradition’ of free speech. . .

Myth Busting Four False Free Speech Stances

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” “We must be tolerant toward other people’s views and ideas.” “Facebook and YouTube are censoring my opinions.” You may have heard variants of these statements, at some point, in. . .

A Dozen Books for Defending Free Speech

So much is happening on the issue of free speech these days that anyone interested in the future of this important right will want to educate himself about the subject. That can be a daunting task, as hundreds of books have been written on free. . .

Social Media Are Victims, Not Villains, in Russian Scandal

In the roughly three years since our intelligence services first notified the Democratic National Committee that Russian hackers had gained entry into their computer systems, a great number of people have expressed great amounts of outrage over what. . .

Unjust Attacks on Facebook

Occasionally we write about what we’re currently reading, watching or listening to—not at the level of a full review, but simply to point out arguments, perspectives and issues worth considering. This is one of those articles. In mid-April, during. . .

You Have the Right to Free Speech, Audience Not Included

Student protests, disinvited speakers, and cancelled debates have become commonplaces on college campuses. Do people who hold controversial or wrong views have a right to speak on college campuses? Philosopher Bryan Van Norden, in a New York Times. . .

Three Free Speech Myths

I’ve spent the better part of the last two decades defending the right to free speech, first as a constitutional lawyer and now as a speaker and writer at the Ayn Rand Institute. I’m convinced that freedom of speech is under attack in America, but. . .

Killing Free Speech: Snowflakes, Censorship, Sit-ins and Social Media

Free speech is increasingly under attack in America, although the causes and culprits are the subject of much debate. Are “snowflakes” on campus the problem? Social media companies that bar conservative voices from their platforms? The culture of. . .