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.
Years of cultivated hatred led to death on a horrifying scale.
In attacking the representative over a small, unintentional slight, Donald Trump and the populist right are displaying bad faith.
Her critics are misreading the linguistic reality of America’s big cities.
Disagreement is central to our lives online. ‘Erisologists’ want to study it more systematically.
What if the government offered tax-free status to media start-ups?
Success in forensics is about making yourself vulnerable. Several former competitors accuse a prominent coach of exploiting that vulnerability to sexually harass students.
Increasing the ideological diversity of higher education as a whole, while decreasing it within individual institutions, would bring us closer to a fundamental and permanent political separation.
Why the HBO host is wrong that public shaming encourages public accountability
The president’s much-anticipated directive doesn’t do much.
Once callout culture takes hold, it never ends.
How a dissident movement almost broke through China’s internet censorship
As the Democratic Party shifts leftward, can primary voters look past the candidate’s fiscal responsibility?
White supremacists exploit the weaknesses in the social-media ecosystem as Facebook and Google struggle to keep up.
I spoke with Julian von Abele, who insists his words were taken out of context.
A high-school student’s $250 million defamation suit against The Washington Post is an object lesson in the perils of social media.
His nondisclosure agreements are draconian.
Russia’s 2016 election interference was only the beginning. New tactics and deep fakes are probably coming soon.
Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. is upholding a vital civic good.
I was the editor of the Rocky Mountain News when it folded in 2009. A decade later, I’m concerned that more local journalism will suffer the same fate.
The Supreme Court seems poised to affirm that it can be displayed on public land—but a great deal rides on its rationale.
President Trump suggests that comedy sketches making fun of him warrant “retribution” and investigation.
Her identity and motives are being unfairly challenged on all sides.
The conversation about Israel has become a toxic partisan firefight, bereft of insight or vision.
The Minnesota congresswoman has given credence to caricatures of critics of Israel.
The National Enquirer pushed the limits of journalistic norms—and in the process called into question the legal protections enjoyed by the media.
Readers weigh in on the ways that social media has changed our freedom to show different aspects of our identities in different domains.
It’s ridiculous to claim that the Covington Catholic schoolboys are a symbol of what ails America.
The internet once made it easier to slip from one domain to another. Is there a way to preserve that vital freedom?
What happens when live-streams become the new fireside chat
Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib may have delighted the far-left with her coarse words for the president—but she’s also mirroring his style.
Facing pressure from the incoming Democratic majority in the House, the commander in chief swears he’s the target of “presidential harassment.”
Why the news is going back to the 19th century
Our culture is losing its ability to focus on the problems that really matter.
Too much media coverage of Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria treats indefinite deployments as the only legitimate option.
The civil-rights group is backing a test case arguing that New Hampshire’s statute violates the Constitution.
The Board of Governors rejected UNC Chapel Hill’s plan to build a $5.3 million building for the Confederate statue, setting the stage for a renewed battle in March.
The case for a new term that describes all sexual minorities
The filmmaker Deeyah Khan is the latest anti-racist to enjoy success by engaging, rather than shunning, people with deplorable beliefs.
The company may cede control of what it censors outright while restricting the reach of “borderline” content.
Jihadology.net is a valuable resource for researchers, even if terrorists make use of it too.
A prom photo has sparked a fresh round of debate over students’ First Amendment rights.
The Supreme Court will rule on whether citizens can talk back to law enforcement without fear of consequences.
A progressive family in suburban Philadelphia refused to take down a “Black Lives Matter” sign when conservative relatives came to visit.
“WeChat is a monster. There’s nothing like it on Earth.”
If the U.S. government can prosecute the WikiLeaks editor for publishing classified material, then every media outlet is at risk.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan might not be able to permanently sideline the Saudi crown prince, but he could extract other concessions that bolster his own position.
CNN says in a lawsuit that President Trump’s revocation of the correspondent’s White House credentials violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights.
Like text and audio, it can be manipulated and interpreted for political ends.
The European Court of Human Rights invoked “religious peace” as a reason to limit criticisms of the Prophet Muhammad.
The feature derails healthy conversation and preys on users’ worst instincts.
Tech companies are struggling to face a culture their platforms helped create, as trolls post racist, vile content in a way that camouflages dangerous people.
A human-rights court upheld an Austrian woman’s conviction for disparaging the Prophet Muhammad.
It’s yet another attempt by a government to use Facebook to sow discord in the United States.
A journalist wants to know who accused him of rape in a shared spreadsheet. What are the implications of outing or protecting his accusers?
What happens when reviewers spend more time focusing on the motives of authors than the merits of their claims?
Lawyers for the campaign asserted in court papers a right to disclose “even stolen information.”
Optimists and pessimists offered competing visions for the future of the First Amendment at The Atlantic Festival.
Eleanor Holmes Norton used a commencement address at Georgetown to argue that securing positive, lasting change in America requires letting all sides have their say.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a case over California’s regulation of “crisis pregnancy centers,” which try to talk their clients out of ending their pregnancies.