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Amplification and Its Discontents

July 28, 2021

Daphne Keller, director of platform regulation at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center, pens an essay about regulating the reach of online content: "In this essay, I will lay out why 'regulating amplification' to restrict distribution of harmful or illegal content is hard. My goal in doing so is to keep smart people from wasting their time devising bad laws, and speed the day when we can figure out good ones. I will draw in part on novel regulatory models that are more developed in Europe. My analysis, though, will primarily use U.S. First Amendment law. I will conclude that many models for regulating amplification face serious constitutional hurdles, but that a few—grounded in content-neutral goals, including privacy or competition—may offer paths forward."

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