How a question about vaccines made it into a hearing about cryptocurrency
James didn’t defend free speech. But in China, the NBA has made a mess that its biggest star can’t be expected to clean up.
The business of American business is business. Are we okay with that?
Pro basketball was a progressive beacon, allowing players and coaches to speak their mind freely. And then China got involved.
A landmark ruling in a ‘‘right to be forgotten” case discourages censorship on a global scale. What happens in individual countries may be a different story.
After years of reporting on violence, one worries about numbness. All carnage, all the time. If you live like this too long, it can warp your view of the world.
The Constitution protects free speech, but internet companies are succumbing to public pressure to restrict it.
Should journalists care about the speech wars in the era of Donald Trump?
Deciding which postings to take down is a difficult and unpopular job. So Mark Zuckerberg is outsourcing it.
Protests there have demonstrated the enduring appeal of American values and power. But can Washington live up to that promise?
Beijing moves to co-opt the American film industry as it seeks to penetrate the world’s largest market.
The president’s recent attacks on the network barely registered inside its headquarters.
In college classrooms, where almost anything is up for discussion, religious ideas are met with awkward silence.
The corporatization of higher education has rendered a once-indispensable part of student life irrelevant, right when it’s needed the most.
A majority of them no longer think campuses are setting the country on the right course. What happened?
The president is casting Democrats as the real racists to energize his base, but in doing so he’s hindering his capacity to reach beyond it.
He equated being poor with being a person of color. But many people share that sociological assumption.
The incentives for foreign countries to meddle are much greater than in 2016, and the tactics could look dramatically different.
A growing chorus of voices is calling for the U.S. government to treat the threat from white-nationalist terrorists like the threat from Islamist extremists. The fight against ISIS offers some lessons—but also a cautionary tale on U.S. failures to combat an ideology.
Artists are shaping the gun-violence discourse, and the fascinating reaction to their political speech has demonstrated the specific reach they can have.
After a series of account purges, meme pages are at war with their platform. Now Instagram is trying to smooth things over.
In discussing the El Paso and Dayton massacres, the president and his fellow politicians are taking refuge in the convenience of abstraction.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said recently that the bureau doesn’t “investigate the ideology, no matter how repugnant. We investigate violence.”
The manifesto that appeared just before the El Paso shooting opposed racial mixing.
At Donald Trump’s rally in Cincinnati, droves of attendees made it clear that they stood with the president despite his recent comments.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood celebrates values that have been repeatedly dismissed as dangerous and outdated.
Google and Facebook aren’t infringing on the right’s freedom of expression, but insisting otherwise is politically convenient.
Some reject the notion that they should apply the word consistently, without regard to whether the usage will upset their audience.
In an interview, the Facebook CEO hinted that the company is trying a new approach to misleading videos created through artificial intelligence.
In leaked audio, the home-goods retailer’s co-founder seemed surprised that his company was being forced to take a political stance.
Verification scams are rampant on social media. What if that’s because the whole system is broken?
A great deal of communication is based on metaphor.
The 18-year-old gun-rights activist and Parkland-shooting survivor is being touted by the right as the latest victim of “cancel culture.”
The university and its critics can transform this polarizing culture war controversy into a constructive moment––if both take steps to placate the other side.
The college has rescinded an admissions offer to Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland survivor and conservative activist.
A 1952 Supreme Court ruling gave civil-rights groups a way to combat anti-Semitism and other prejudices—but in the years since, it’s largely gone unused.
Gibson’s Bakery, a family-owned business near Oberlin College accused of racism, just won a big payout.
A government watchdog says that the aide to the president is undermining the rule of law, and should be fired.
Norms about the First Amendment are evolving—but not in the way President Trump thinks.
For years, tech companies have relied on a rhetorical sleight of hand. It’s not working anymore.
With enemies like these, the industry is going to need some friends.
A First Amendment tiger for the rights of rich campaign donors, the chief justice frets that ordinary people might bother hardworking officers.
The European Union tried to protect internet users. It also gave public officials a blunt instrument to wield against journalists.
Amid heightened tensions on college campuses, well-established scientific ideas are suddenly meeting with stiff political resistance.
Going after the WikiLeaks founder for publishing state secrets places journalists at risk.
The Trump administration is threatening press freedom by invoking an authoritarian law.
The pledge to eliminate extremist content online is antithetical to the American understanding of free expression.
Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for communities on his platform is very different from how users are gathering there organically.
The institution removed Ronald Sullivan as faculty dean after students criticized his decision to help mount Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense.
Algorithms that take down “terrorist” videos could hamstring efforts to bring human-rights abusers to justice.
Trying to get professors fired because you don’t like their views isn’t activism—it’s preening would-be totalitarianism.
“Nobody disobeys my orders,” the president insisted. But workplaces function better when they make room for defiance.
But unlike in previous eras, the social giant knows it can just ignore the president.
Art students are trying to get the social critic fired from a job she has held for three decades.
Information blackouts almost always turn into authoritarian tools, whether or not they start that way.
Instead of regulating the internet to protect young people, give them a youth-net of their own.
The ongoing battle over First Amendment rights in the digital space
Ad platforms such as Facebook can perpetuate the types of harms that civil-rights laws are meant to address.
By rushing to stand with the controversial congresswoman, the 2020 contenders are allowing Trump to transform her into the face of their party.
In attacking the representative over a small, unintentional slight, Donald Trump and the populist right are displaying bad faith.