Tuesday, 27 June 2023

Market Imperatives and the Public Sphere: Constitutional issues concerning the regulation of social media

WZB Talk by Mattias Kumm – Online Event

Social media is a central part of the public sphere and as such of central importance for democracy. In its current form social media is arguably in part responsible for democratic backsliding. The question is how social media should be regulated so that its deliberative democratic potential is enhanced and its dystopian tendencies are held in check. The talk analysis competing approaches that seek to achieve this and analyzes the legal frameworks governing these choices. It will argue that regimes allowing corporations great deal of discretion in moderating content endangers free speech of users. On the other hand regulatory approaches that are content neutral and not viewpoint discriminatory are more attractive, notwithstanding the resistance of social media companies to them.

Mattias Kumm is Research Professor "Global Constitutionalism" at the WZB and Professor "Rule of Law in the Age of Globalization” at Humboldt University Berlin.


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