Should the government regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling?

After the 2016 presidential election, reports began to emerge that there had potentially been foreign meddling in our democratic process. Specifically, accusations were made that Russian hackers, trolls, and perhaps even members of the Kremlin had developed a number of social media accounts designed to spread “fake news” in order to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. U.S. intelligence agencies would later prove that this hacking had in fact occurred and that agencies acting on behalf of the Russian government were responsible.

In February 2018, the U.S. Justice Department charged that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization located in St. Petersburg, had “worked in various capacities to carry out interference operations targeting the United States.” With the midterm elections coming soon, U.S. citizens have been encouraged to be aware of these “fake news” social media accounts that attempt to spread misinformation.

While social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook have developed large campaigns to remove these fake accounts, some believe that the federal government ought to get involved. This camp fears that unless significant regulations are implemented, our democratic values will be threatened by foreign meddling in our elections. Others believe that government management of social media will pose a threat to the First Amendment and be detrimental to liberty. What do you think? Should the government regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling?

Current Standings:
Yes: 15%
No: 85%
  • timmy from District Of Columbia

    yes

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  • Cody from New Mexico

    Yes the goverment should be able to regulate social media as long as it doesn’t over step it’s limits outlined in the first amendment. This is because misinformation can really have damaging effects upon our democracy since to be able to vote you need to have a relyable source of information in order to make an educated decision which is how our goverment has and should run. This is because when congress makes decisions they should make it upon information that we know to be relyable instead of personal beliefs unless the situation calls for such a decision.
    However the goverment should also have strict regulations for how it can regulate the media since it is a source of news which is often considered the fourth branch of goverment that must remain independent of the other branches, but nonetheless thw goverment must be able to set up a system to catch and rectify peoples misinformation that are based upon no known facts that actively can harm many people and communities must be.

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    Yes the goverment should be able to regulate social media as long as it doesn’t over step it’s limits outlined in the first amendment. This is because…

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  • Maggie from Virginia

    Although fake news jeopardizes journalism, it’s still a freedom of expression. Social media sites, such as Facebook, have fact checkers that go through a variety of articles that are being spread. This is known as the IFCN. The government shouldn’t have to intervene if there’s no violation of the first amendment and there are teams working with social media platforms to ensure fake news does not become more of an issue to journalism.

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    Although fake news jeopardizes journalism, it’s still a freedom of expression. Social media sites, such as Facebook, have fact checkers that go thro…

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  • Alayna from Michigan

    Social Media should be regulated in general and both parties should have equal ability to win.

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    • Trinity from Kansas

      Everyone has equal opportunity, but limiting constitutional rights isn’t equal.

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    • Mila from Georgia

      Although you think this, i do not agree with your statement. The government has enough control over what we do in the first place. Them controlling our social media is pretty much violating our 1st amendment rights. Most social media sites are privately owned so its their job to regulate our “fake news”

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      Although you think this, i do not agree with your statement. The government has enough control over what we do in the first place. Them controlling ou…

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  • Rosemary from Illinois

    I believe that the government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because social media can be a possible spot in which election meddling can occur. People think that once things are posted on the internet people are “too slow to tackle” the meddling (BBC News).

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    I believe that the government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because social media can be a possible spo…

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  • Delaney from Washington

    Government regulation does not need to be so overarching that it impends of free speech, as many are worried about. Rather, all they need to do is to require these companies to regulate it themselves. The government does not have to be the one directly regulating social media, but there needs to be a rule in place that requires companies themselves to take care of this issue, to ensure fair elections.

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    Government regulation does not need to be so overarching that it impends of free speech, as many are worried about. Rather, all they need to do is to …

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  • Coltin from Florida

    I don’t believe the government can regulate what we can and can’t post on social media. I typically dont like the government in private affairs however when it comes to undermining American Democracy through social media I believe the government should play a crucial role in preventing this from happening. They can do this by working with tech companies to help regulate social media and pass laws to make sure they comply. The threat of foriegn governments is far to strong to ignore

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    I don’t believe the government can regulate what we can and can’t post on social media. I typically dont like the government in private affairs howeve…

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  • Jason from Minnesota

    Social Media are private companies. A legitimate role of government is to regulate private industries in order to promote the public good. We accept the regulation of industries to protect the environment. Can we also not accept the regulation of this industry in order maintain the indicators of high quality discourse – verification of sources, transparency about our biases, accountability and independence?

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    Social Media are private companies. A legitimate role of government is to regulate private industries in order to promote the public good. We accept t…

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    If the information on social media is being sent and distributed by foreign powers to harm the United States then I believe the government should be allowed to investigate and regulate it. Especially now, if it’s a threat to our democracy and elections then the federal government should be allowed to interfere. In a perfect world, every voter would research issues and people thoroughly and impartially before voicing their opinion or partaking in elections and federal intervention on social media wouldn’t be necessary.

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    If the information on social media is being sent and distributed by foreign powers to harm the United States then I believe the government should be a…

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  • Jesse from Kentucky

    I believe it is a good idea for the government to have some control over social media to prevent election meddling. If people are putting fake information out there that could sway voters in the wrong direction, that is unfair to the voter and to the citizens of the United States. We should be provided with up-to-date, accurate information that they can then make a decision off of. This way voters have confidence in their vote knowing that all the information they have on the election is accurate.

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    I believe it is a good idea for the government to have some control over social media to prevent election meddling. If people are putting fake informa…

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  • zach from Kentucky

    yes, I do think that government should regulate social media because someone may put something on social media that may be false information. People cannot put random stuff on social media or make false accusations because someone may take them literally and think that it is true and it could possibly ruin someone’s reputation.

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    yes, I do think that government should regulate social media because someone may put something on social media that may be false information. People c…

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  • Brooke from Kentucky

    The federal government should be allowed to survey social media accounts to check for foreign influences on elections because it has been proven that foreigners (the Russians) have previously influenced a U.S. election. If outside countries continue to create fake social media accounts spreading fake news that influence our elections, our democratic values will be affected. U.S. citizens have the right to attain valid information on candidates and choose their vote, but if they are receiving false information, their opinions on candidates will be wrongly affected.

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    The federal government should be allowed to survey social media accounts to check for foreign influences on elections because it has been proven that …

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I think that the Government should regulate social media because it is important to keep the people safe. We can not have other countries meddling in our elections and electing the wrong people. There will always be rumors going around but, I think that it is important to make sure the wrong ones get taken out. Some may argue that this will take away our Freedom of Speech. This is not taking away or freedom. All it will do is make sure that other countries will not meddle in our business.

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    I think that the Government should regulate social media because it is important to keep the people safe. We can not have other countries meddling in …

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  • Ava from Kentucky

    The government should surveillance social media in order to prevent election meddling. There are people using high-tech means to persuade citizens to not vote for a specific candidate. These people spread rumors about the candidates running, and these false rumors trump over the good things they have done. The government needs to be involved so that the right person will get elected and to stop the false accusations.

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    The government should surveillance social media in order to prevent election meddling. There are people using high-tech means to persuade citizens to …

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  • Hailey from Kentucky

    Recently, experts have testified before the Senate Intelligence agency about the Russia scandal in the past presidential election saying that Russia and other foreign powers have been trying to polarize not only elections but also opinions on immigration and racism. Additionally, following this hearing, Facebook came out saying that they too uncovered sophisticated efforts (possibly linked to Russia) attempting to meddle in the midterm elections. The bill introduced by the Democratic party trying to regulate the media to pr uncover various scandals that are challenging the conservatives’ opinions.event meddling has reached a standstill in the Senate as those politicians do not want to violate the innocent people’s privacy. However, the need for action is evident as more agencies are starting to uncover various scandals that are challenging the conservatives’ opinions on monitoring. So that, I think it is important that the government take action against foreign meddling because it is a prevalent issue that will not go away on its own.

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    Recently, experts have testified before the Senate Intelligence agency about the Russia scandal in the past presidential election saying that Russia a…

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  • Robert from Kentucky

    Regulation of misinformation is important, as long as it is not overreaching. Social media companies hold a responsibility to the people they serve that they will fight lies that threaten democracy. These responsibilities need to be enforced by federal power to make sure companies are actually working to fight issues like Russian smear campaigns and intelligence campaigns. These are a direct threat to national security, and need to be watched.

    Doing this will always bring up the fear that free speech will be taken away, but media companies can be regulated without breaking the constitution. Regulations can be set so every media company has a human staff in place to scan for misinformation spread or an AI to assist in flagging content for human reviewers, but at that point the government could go no further without directly censoring the people themselves. Guidelines on exactly what to look for could not be set, but overarching ideas could be suggested. The federal government could also require complete transparency in this process as to what they scan for, as a testament that they are not restricting free speech. From that point it is up to individual companies to give their reviewers true guidelines on what to scan, and the people will have to decide for themselves what media sites to trust and use.

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    Regulation of misinformation is important, as long as it is not overreaching. Social media companies hold a responsibility to the people they serve th…

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    • Arrington from Georgia

      What is to stop the federal government from controlling whatever they want to. This could lead to the government censoring influencers for no reason just because they have different political view. This is
      grounds for government control of media.

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      What is to stop the federal government from controlling whatever they want to. This could lead to the government censoring influencers for no reason j…

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    The government should monitor and regulate social media during elections in order to prevent election meddling. This would allow the government to discover leads to potential foreign or domestic attempts to offset an election. It would be no different than monitoring and controlling an audience at a rally or protestors at a street corner and would help to ensure our elections are fair and true. If the government can search social media for potential terroristic threats, why should searching for attempts to meddle with the election of an official be any different?

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    The government should monitor and regulate social media during elections in order to prevent election meddling. This would allow the government to dis…

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    • Trinity from California

      The problem is that monitoring and regulating are two different things. The government already monitors social media. Elected officials and candidates for election have campaign managers who do nothing but look at how they are presented on social media and what image is being put across. The government is not blind to what happens on the internet; they just don’t control it. And that is the key word: control. “Regulation” is just a fancy term for control. Once the government is able to remove anything “meddling with the democratic process”, they will be able to limit our freedom of speech if they consider it to be meddling.

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      The problem is that monitoring and regulating are two different things. The government already monitors social media. Elected officials and candidates…

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  • Kameron from Kentucky

    The government should regulate social media because censorship by companies like Facebook and Twitter have limited people’s freedoms guarunteed by the Consitution. Since the right to media is a modern day freedom of the press, censorship limits people’s rights to post their opinions. This also limits viewpoints and provides a one sided argument that is unconstitutional. If these companies were privately owned, it would be ok. But, most of them are billion dollar corporations and that service billions of people around the world. They are partially responsible for how some of our country recieves news, and presenting them from a one sided viewpoint goes against the history of the USA.

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    The government should regulate social media because censorship by companies like Facebook and Twitter have limited people’s freedoms guarunteed by the…

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    Yes, I think the government should regulate what is put on social media in regards to elections and politics. Social media is very popular in our world today and many people rely on it for news and other information. Therefore, the government must regulate social media so that the information put online about elections and candidates is true and people can fully understand what they’re voting for.

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    Yes, I think the government should regulate what is put on social media in regards to elections and politics. Social media is very popular in our wor…

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  • Lizbeth from Georgia

    Having the government regulate social media is going against the first amendment, and also social media isn’t just in America, it’s everywhere, it’s international. It wouldn’t be fair for only our government to just be the one regulating social media platforms.

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    Having the government regulate social media is going against the first amendment, and also social media isn’t just in America, it’s everywhere, it’s i…

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  • Kayla from Georgia

    The government should never have the right to regulate the social media because one the first amendment violation and the social media are privately own businesses and shouldnt have the government controling them its none of their business if the company owner wants to stop the people from speaking they can but government cant.

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    The government should never have the right to regulate the social media because one the first amendment violation and the social media are privately o…

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  • Ryan from Georgia

    Np, the government already has enough control over the things we do. Whether or not people should be punished for putting misinformation on social media should be up to the social site itself.

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    Np, the government already has enough control over the things we do. Whether or not people should be punished for putting misinformation on social med…

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  • Ace from Florida

    First off, if the government did try to regulate social media it would go against the first amendment. Also, how would our government regulate social media when most, if not all, social media platforms are international. I don’t think it’s very feasible for the government to control social media and even if they could I don’t think they should.

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    First off, if the government did try to regulate social media it would go against the first amendment. Also, how would our government regulate social …

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  • Ben from Massachusetts

    our government should not regulate social media because then that would in a way be taking away our freedom. If my account for some unknown reason gets taken down by a government official what could I do? Probably nothing, sure they might say you could get it back or something along those lines but they’ll end up banning more accounts that didn’t deserve it than ones that do. I also wouldn’t want some random government officials looking through my private social media account looking for signs of tampering with votes or whatnot. In many ways I feel like something like this could be an invasion of my own privacy and should not be taken lightly. I wouldn’t want someone in real life looking through all my photo books and judging them for conspiracy against the government so why should I allow it for my photos online.

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    our government should not regulate social media because then that would in a way be taking away our freedom. If my account for some unknown reason get…

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  • Tyler from Illinois

    No because I believe that using social media is part of our natural rights and our founding fathers made the constitution and in there is the first amendment, the freedom of speech. Unless social media is threatening someone to vote a certain way then i think that it is definitely the government having to much power.

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    No because I believe that using social media is part of our natural rights and our founding fathers made the constitution and in there is the first am…

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  • kenneth from Kentucky

    Though I do believe that these fake accounts are a large problem. It is the social media companies jobs to solve them. The federal involvement in this matter would do nothing but anger the large populace by invading privacy.

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    Though I do believe that these fake accounts are a large problem. It is the social media companies jobs to solve them. The federal involvement in this…

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  • Sunny from Kansas

    The government shouldn’t place large regulations on social media. Social media is there in the first place to share stories and photos with friends and family, and most Americans use it in that way. Regulations should be placed to prevent anyone from committing as act such as election meddling, but that is up to the social media platforms to put in place. A large-spread regulation shouldn’t be placed upon the rest of the population. Not only would this be against our right to the First Amendment, but the election meddlers weren’t even American in the first place. Why would Americans be watched and regulated if they weren’t the ones committing the crime in the first place?

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    The government shouldn’t place large regulations on social media. Social media is there in the first place to share stories and photos with friends an…

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  • Sophia from Ohio

    It goes against our privacy they should not have say in something as this. It’s barely ever about the government. They shouldn’t be focused on social media that’s irrelevant not only does it waste out time it gives them more power.

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    It goes against our privacy they should not have say in something as this. It’s barely ever about the government. They shouldn’t be focused on social …

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  • Courtney from Kansas

    In my opinion I think that Social media should not be regulated. The government has more than enough control already, and it would somewhat disrespect our first amendment. It’s not the government’s job to clean up the mess of spams and fake accounts.

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    In my opinion I think that Social media should not be regulated. The government has more than enough control already, and it would somewhat disrespect…

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  • Michael from Kansas

    I hope we are smart enough to look for the real facts instead of just believing the first thing we see. If we can’t look for the real facts ourselves that’s our own fault. This dose not give the government an excuse to barge in and regulate everything because we just didn’t feel like getting of our butts and doing some research. You need to go out their yourself and search for the reality of the situation. If we are spoon fed information all the time we would believe everything that came are way, which I feel is happening in todays world. If your lazy enough to not research were your getting your news from then you need to work harder instead of just thinking the government will fix all of your problems.

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    I hope we are smart enough to look for the real facts instead of just believing the first thing we see. If we can’t look for the real facts ourselves …

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  • Kaylie from Georgia

    The first amendment represents freedom of Press and also says that the press IS allowed to post about political views. Most of the time people will get offended by it, but that doesn’t mean a big deal has to be made about it. That’s just the way life works. You get offended by certain things, but you have to be mature about it and don’t start unnecessary arguments.

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    The first amendment represents freedom of Press and also says that the press IS allowed to post about political views. Most of the time people will ge…

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  • Julia from Idaho

    I think that regulation of social media is something that falls into the hands of the voters, not the government

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  • grace from Louisiana

    the government should not be able to regulate who posts what on social media. First of all, the US government does not have power to silence any other countries other than the US. Second of all, it violates the 1st amendment because it takes away our freedom of speech, religion, thoughts, and protests. They could make everyone post who the ad is from, but then guess what! People lie! There is no way for the government to regulate and I do not think they should.

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    the government should not be able to regulate who posts what on social media. First of all, the US government does not have power to silence any other…

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  • Chloe from Louisiana

    I think that the government should not get involved with this issue because the U.S. Government has no power over any other country. The U.S. Government also can not violate the first amendment, that they created. Another reason that the Government should not get involved is because if the social media platform can handle the problem themselves!

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    I think that the government should not get involved with this issue because the U.S. Government has no power over any other country. The U.S. Governme…

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  • Santi from Louisiana

    I really don’t think that they should do that because the actual companies that control social media will definitely not agree to this because they don’t care about the election the care about their money and popularity. And even if they agreed to it some social medias are in other countries.

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    I really don’t think that they should do that because the actual companies that control social media will definitely not agree to this because they do…

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  • Drew from Louisiana

    This is a huge issue that affects all us Americans. If the government were to control the Social Media, then it would be a violation of our first amendment. Besides Americans meddle with other countries’ elections as well. It’s too much like socialism if Federal Government micromanages almost everything you do. This would just make it worse

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    This is a huge issue that affects all us Americans. If the government were to control the Social Media, then it would be a violation of our first amen…

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  • Erica from Tennessee

    Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. If someone is passionate enough about the candidate in which they are voting for, then they will disregard whatever others say about the candidate in question.

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    Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. If someone is passionate enough about the candidate in which they are voting for, then they will disregard…

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  • Annabel from Colorado

    It’s freedom of expression and as long as a person is just posting, there is no harm to be done. People who care about the election will educate themselves. They shouldn’t intervene if there is no immediate monetary impact for or against anyone (eg. someone paying for political ads)

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    It’s freedom of expression and as long as a person is just posting, there is no harm to be done. People who care about the election will educate thems…

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  • Savannah from Virginia

    I do not believe the government should get involved with regulating the information that gets put onto the internet. While it may start as a way to keep foreign hackers from meddling with our national affairs (as in the case of the 2016 presidential elections), allowing the government to begin regulating social media would be a slippery slope to infringing upon the citizens of the U.S.’s first amendment rights. If there is fake news circulating from questionable sources, it is ultimately up to the people to hold that information up to scrutiny. If the people decide to take every bit of information they read as fact, without checking it against other news sources, then that is their fault alone. The only people who have the authority to regulate these platforms are the owners (as for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), in which they may decide what they believe to be appropriate for their site. These platforms are all free to use and therefore the users can be made to follow rules and guidelines put in place by the owners, or to take their voice elsewhere.
    These fake news sources are a big issue, but the internet is protected under free speech, and opening up the flood gates for the national government to regulate and censor what we americans see would cause far more issues for us as a country than it would solve.

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    I do not believe the government should get involved with regulating the information that gets put onto the internet. While it may start as a way to ke…

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  • Hannah from Michigan

    America is a nation founded on the Freedom of Speech, to hinder that freedom in any way would be unconstitutional and against the beliefs that the US has held for centuries. Censoring social media has the potential to lead to censorship in everyday conversation. There is already a call to censor what is called “hate speech”, and censorship of social media sites by the government could lead to a ruling that hate speech is a real concept. An unintentional jab could have legal consequences if we start to censor ourselves. Because of that, I am against government enforced censorship of social media. It would be the start of a slippery slope.

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    America is a nation founded on the Freedom of Speech, to hinder that freedom in any way would be unconstitutional and against the beliefs that the US …

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  • Sara from Virginia

    The government should not regulate social media because that goes against the first amendment. Social media is were most people express themselves. People express their opinions, thoughts, etc on news and other media. If the government interferes with this, people would not be granted freedom of speech, and that is unconstitutional. It should not be up to the government to regulate what people click on and don’t click on. It should be up to citizens to read and watch whatever they want.

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    The government should not regulate social media because that goes against the first amendment. Social media is were most people express themselves. Pe…

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  • Yumna from Virginia

    No, I do not think the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. Social media is crucial for this generation we post, tweet, etc. everything we have to say on social media. If the government managed social media that would pose a threat to our First Amendment right our freedom of speech. We then would not be able to express our opinions. Our Democracy will turn into Autocracy. That is not what our founding fathers wanted for this country. In 1943, citizens had fears of totalitarianism in the U.S. A Supreme Court case about the First Amendment was going on at the time. The Supreme Court Justice said in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, “that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” Social media expresses our opinions and should not be controlled by anyone. The opposing view might say the reason they want the government to control social media is because of fake news could sway voters in the wrong direction, and that is unfair to the voter and to the citizens of the United States because they are getting “wrong” information from different opinions and that will change their vote and their vote wouldn’t be of their opinion it would be of others and some might find that unfair. Although fake news jeopardizes journalism, it’s still a freedom of expression. I think we should be provided with up-to-date, accurate information that we can make a decision off of. This way we voters have confidence in our vote knowing that all the information they have on the election is accurate and the government would not have to control social media and violate our right to the freedom of speech.

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    No, I do not think the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. Social media is crucial for this generation we p…

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  • Madison from Virginia

    People have a right to voice their opinions. They are allowed to post about what ever they want. The first amendment protects our freedom of speech, so by regulating that you are taking away our right. It then is not following the constitution, which is the layout for Americas start and throughout the years. We have a right to voice our opinion. It could be on a larger scale such as social media but that does not mean it is not allowed. Celebrities have been posting about there views on social media. If they don’t regulate their views then they cant regulate ours. When any Celebrity can post about how they endorse a certain candidate, but they do not get in trouble for doing so. That is why we should be able to do the same without any regulations.

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    People have a right to voice their opinions. They are allowed to post about what ever they want. The first amendment protects our freedom of speech, s…

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  • Leah from Virginia

    The Government should not interfere and or try to regulate social media for the purpose of preventing future debate about elections simply because the act is an invasion of privacy and goes against our first amendment rights of speech and press. I don’t believe even doing so would prevent the act of “meddling” from occurring, for there is always people involved with the election whether it be broadcasted on the news or heard about on twitter nowadays, there’s always a commotion stirred up.

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    The Government should not interfere and or try to regulate social media for the purpose of preventing future debate about elections simply because the…

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  • Jose from Florida

    I find the implication of a government controlling social media to be directly opposite to the values in which the country was founded. Liberty and freedom of expression are of upmost importance if we value living in a free society. I would even be somewhat opposed to the idea of social media sites regulating this type of content as even if bias is kept to the lowest level possible this would increase vastly the power of these media sites and their influence in politics (though I find this option to be much more appealing than that of government regulating). The threat of false or misleading articles is one that we should be cautious about but, comparing apples to apples, the precedent of government controlling, regulating and eliminating information labeling it as “fake” or “misleading” creates a more important and more threatening power to give to the government.

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    I find the implication of a government controlling social media to be directly opposite to the values in which the country was founded. Liberty and fr…

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  • Robert from Virginia

    If the government was to regulate social media that would be a violation of our rights as citizens of America. The first amendment gives us freedom of expression, and I think that all views should be listened to and heard and the social media is a great place to get both sides. I do realize there is a problem with misinformation, however I think that it should be up to the consumer to look at more than just the headline, and look for the facts. While it is not necessarily right for companies to spread fake news, part of the responsibility falls on the consumer. Many people take headlines for facts which is NEVER a good idea. If everyone looked into articles before sharing or retweeting or reposting there would no longer be a problem.

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    If the government was to regulate social media that would be a violation of our rights as citizens of America. The first amendment gives us freedom o…

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  • Nancy from Virginia

    I do not think the government should look into our social media because it is a violation of the first amendment. Where else are we going to voice our opinions and personal experiences/beliefs about politics if the govt is watching? We get many of our opinions through social media, influencers trying to get their message across or students making a stand on issues they believe strongly in.

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    I do not think the government should look into our social media because it is a violation of the first amendment. Where else are we going to voice ou…

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  • Kristina from Virginia

    No, it goes against the first amendment. It would invade people’s privacy and cause more public outrage than if the government did nothing. It should be the social media’s job to fix “fake news” spreaders. We have bigger problems than policing social media.

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    No, it goes against the first amendment. It would invade people’s privacy and cause more public outrage than if the government did nothing. It shoul…

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  • Catherine from Massachusetts

    Personally I think that the government should not be able to control it for many reasons. One being social media is a platform where you can express yourself, and show people who you are. If the government were able to control it in a way it is violating the first amendment, it is controlling your right to speech freely on social media. Although I feel like misinformation should be controlled you can not believe you see social media.

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    Personally I think that the government should not be able to control it for many reasons. One being social media is a platform where you can express y…

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  • Nick from Massachusetts

    Accounts on social media should have their privacy. The government should not be going through all accounts because of voting. I’m sure there is another way to figure out fake voters then looking at all accounts.

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    Accounts on social media should have their privacy. The government should not be going through all accounts because of voting. I’m sure there is anoth…

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  • Joseph from Massachusetts

    People shouldn’t have a right like this to be taken away. Social media is a big impact in society today and if aspects of it get taken away, people will be upset. Social media may have an impact on elections, but don’t take it away.

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    People shouldn’t have a right like this to be taken away. Social media is a big impact in society today and if aspects of it get taken away, people wi…

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  • brett from Massachusetts

    The government going through our accounts is absolute nonsense. These are our private accounts and we deserve our privacy!

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  • Andre from Michigan

    I do believe that some accounts are fake but that doesn’t mean to get rid of social media platforms for elections because some accounts that are not fake are trying to voice their opinion. Also it’s freedom of speech and if there is fake accounts then the social media platforms should be the ones to fix it and it’s their problem.

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    I do believe that some accounts are fake but that doesn’t mean to get rid of social media platforms for elections because some accounts that are not f…

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  • Chris from Massachusetts

    No the government should not regulate the internet because that is a breach of the rights Americans have of the First Ammendment. Ido believe stuff on the internet to be monitored for the safety of the American people, but it should not be regulated for voting , as that is the right of the American people.

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    No the government should not regulate the internet because that is a breach of the rights Americans have of the First Ammendment. Ido believe stuff o…

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  • Danielli from Massachusetts

    No, I believe we have bigger problems to solve than control people’s social media.

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  • Armand from Massachusetts

    No I don’t think the government should do anything to are social medias

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  • Shannon from Massachusetts

    Social Media is great platform for people to be able to express how they feeling persuade others to feel the same way. By restricting the extent of social media use to help prevent election meddling would be taking away freedom of speech.

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    Social Media is great platform for people to be able to express how they feeling persuade others to feel the same way. By restricting the extent of so…

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  • millena from Massachusetts

    No because you can use social media for the good, if you choose to use it for the bad that’s on you.

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  • Jarryd from Florida

    It is ultimately the social media companies responsibility and civic duty to keep their websites safe and free of harmful fraud accounts that can and will hurt American society.

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  • Gytanna from Pennsylvania

    YES, people can hack you. People can control you wen you are on the apps. Facebook is damaging revelations about russion-backed influence operations. NO, after the 2016 presidential election, reports began to emerge that there had potentially been foreign meddling in our democratic process.

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    YES, people can hack you. People can control you wen you are on the apps. Facebook is damaging revelations about russion-backed influence operations. …

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  • Megan from Virginia

    The First Amendment gives U.S. citizens the freedom of speech, and included in this is what a person chooses to say via social media. If the government were to regulate social media, it would be censoring information and beliefs, thus violating First Amendment rights. While I do not believe that the U.S. government should get involved, I do think it is good for Twitter and Facebook to campaign to remove “fake news” accounts in order to prevent the spread of misinformation to the public.

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    The First Amendment gives U.S. citizens the freedom of speech, and included in this is what a person chooses to say via social media. If the governmen…

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  • Carlos from Florida

    I believe social media should not be regulated by the government because it would be a breach of privacy. They would manipulate things and keep tabs on us and what we do which can violate our freedom of speech. Its not even a problem as it doesn’t affect how elections turn out and the whole russian bot thing is overreaching. We should keep our only safe haven away from the government.

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    I believe social media should not be regulated by the government because it would be a breach of privacy. They would manipulate things and keep tabs o…

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  • yuliana from Florida

    Government should not regulate social media to prevent election meddling. Even though election meddling by foreign powers is a concerning phenomenom, it would remarkably threaten American’s freedom of speech. Social media companies should attempt to the regulate transparency accross their accounts but it is the people’s duty to not give credence to everything they read and double check every source.

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    Government should not regulate social media to prevent election meddling. Even though election meddling by foreign powers is a concerning phenomenom…

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  • Alexander from North Carolina

    No, the government should NOT regulate social media to prevent election meddling. Social media is one of the most important mediums of free speech in our current society, and it’s a medium that the government has no right to censor.

    It’s true that social media harbors some of the deepest hatred that plagues our nation today. It’s also true that foreign agencies did use social media as a tool — and, moreover, a weapon in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections. However, regulating social media sets a dangerous precedent.

    When our Founding Fathers drafted the First Amendment, which states that Congress “shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech,” they understood that they ran a risk of the populace spreading misinformation. However, that risk was worth it, because it served as a check and balance that kept the American people in control of their government.

    In addition, perhaps more strikingly, regulating social media would violate our Fourth Amendment rights against “unreasonable searches and seizures” without “probable cause.” The ability to close accounts on a private server without a Federal Judge issuing a search warrant is an extreme and utter defamation of the rights of all Americans.

    Simply put, due to our Constitution, the government has no right under nearly any circumstance to regulate social media.

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  • talyiah from Georgia

    The government should not regulate the media, because then it will violate the first amendment. Which guess citizens the right of freedom of speech.

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  • Erik from Virginia

    no because there are far too many “news sources”, people with opinions, and people who have a voice online/large audience.

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  • Brandi from Michigan

    This is a big issue but, it should be the companies that the fake profiles were created from taking care of it.

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  • Theron from Michigan

    The government should stay out of our lives.

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  • Trent from Michigan

    I think no because it is not the governments place to get involved.

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  • Allan from Michigan

    It’s like gerrymandering it is like using others for the benefit of the politician. So no you should not use social media for politics.

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  • Minas from Illinois

    No, the government should not meddle with social media affairs dealing with voting because people have a choice to use the internet the government should allow people to makeup their minds based on what they see on social media

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    No, the government should not meddle with social media affairs dealing with voting because people have a choice to use the internet the government sho…

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  • Brian from Illinois

    You do not want to violate their freedom of speech rights.

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  • Natalie from Illinois

    I think that if the government regulated social media it would not actually be “regulated.” The people in power in the government right now are very biased, which would ruin the point of them controlling social media because they would only keep social media accounts they approve of. Also, there is freedom of speech and freedom of press for a reason.

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    I think that if the government regulated social media it would not actually be “regulated.” The people in power in the government right now are very b…

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  • Trevon from Illinois

    No, simply because they have their hands in everything already …..they are probably doing it already behind our backs. Its just proven the government have lied to the people for years so why wouldn’t they over a topic like this ?

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    No, simply because they have their hands in everything already …..they are probably doing it already behind our backs. Its just proven the governmen…

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  • Aliyah from Illinois

    The federal government already holds too much power over the state governments by enforcing so many regulations. We would basically be throwing away our personal liberties if we allow them to control yet another aspect of our lives.

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    The federal government already holds too much power over the state governments by enforcing so many regulations. We would basically be throwing away …

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  • Skylar from Illinois

    I think this because the media is already full of different things. So I feel that we should not allow to put more things on the media because it would cause more and more confusion

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    I think this because the media is already full of different things. So I feel that we should not allow to put more things on the media because it woul…

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  • holly from Illinois

    They shouldn’t be able to regulate what people say on social media.

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  • Hunter from Illinois

    they shouldn’t regulate social media because they physically can’t stop every social media account

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  • Brycen from California

    The national government would be fringing on our civil liberties and our natural rights of free speech in person or on a social media platform. To avoid meddling there should be further consequences put in place internationally on the country or countries involved.

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    The national government would be fringing on our civil liberties and our natural rights of free speech in person or on a social media platform. To avo…

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  • Ryan from Washington

    Awareness is a much better tool than control

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  • Ashley from Michigan

    I think NO because fake accounts are a large problem in the USA. I think the social media compines should solve this problem by deleting those accounts. Also it is not the governments issue because the government is not in charge of those things.Social media is worldwide and that if their is something wrong with social media website the company should either block the post or message for the publics safety.

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    I think NO because fake accounts are a large problem in the USA. I think the social media compines should solve this problem by deleting those account…

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  • Weston from Washington

    The government would be taking away our rights and it would make a lot of people angry. The government would believe they have more power with nobody to check them.

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  • Karissa from Washington

    The government proposing regulations could potentially mean censorship on a large scale to many people. Companies like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have their own terms of service users agree to that protect, but don’t hide specific things from its users.

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    The government proposing regulations could potentially mean censorship on a large scale to many people. Companies like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebo…

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  • Madison from Illinois

    The government has responsibility to “regulate” our social media accounts.

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  • april from Kansas

    If it breaks the first Amendment it shouldnt be legal to do that

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  • John from Virginia

    Online service providers will lose their reason to continue investing in their networks and expand into areas that have little or no high-speed access. Not only that but the internet is a form of information and connection between people. When you add control to someone like that, there will be a domino effect of more control which is not something we need right now in society.

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    Online service providers will lose their reason to continue investing in their networks and expand into areas that have little or no high-speed access…

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  • Eric from Kansas

    It is not the government’s issue to regulate the social media because social media is worldwide and that if there is something offensive on the social media website the company should either block the post or message for the public’s safety

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    It is not the government’s issue to regulate the social media because social media is worldwide and that if there is something offensive on the social…

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  • Trinity from California

    If the government steps in to “regulate”, they will soon be doing the controlling themselves. Incorrect information is, like hateful speech, bullying, and any other form of harassment, a byproduct of the freedom of speech. For those who are willing to seek the truth, misinformation will not keep them from finding the facts. The real problem is that most voters are “casual” voters. They turn on the news or go on social media and whatever they see presented is what sways them. This is why we have fads. Is it the greatest thing to come out of our freedom of speech? No, but the fact that it exists is because we have that freedom. Government regulation would just remove that freedom.

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    If the government steps in to “regulate”, they will soon be doing the controlling themselves. Incorrect information is, like hateful speech, bullying,…

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    • Stephen from Virginia

      I think that the government should regulate the social media industry because without any regulation any industry is rife for abuse by both domestic and foreign entities, but the regulation that is implemented shouldn’t in anyway suppress free speech. I personally think the best way to have even minor transparity would be to remove articles meant to influence political issues, but at the same time publish them to some kind of public registry so it isn’t showed on the social media platform (e.g Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram). This would be the best option because you could still veiw this media

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      I think that the government should regulate the social media industry because without any regulation any industry is rife for abuse by both domestic a…

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  • Hayden from Kentucky

    No the government should not regulate social media accounts. This country was founded on freedom and regulating social media would restrict freedom. It is not hard to stay well informed. Do not accept anything unless you do the research. Investigating both sides is a great way to not stay biased and stay well informed. Many platforms are biased so you must watch both.

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    No the government should not regulate social media accounts. This country was founded on freedom and regulating social media would restrict freedom. I…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I do not think the government should be able to regulate social media. Social media sites are owned privately by businesses and I believe regulating them would impede on others’ freedom of speech/press. It is up to every voter individually to not be ignorant and not believe everything they see on social media. If the government regulated social media, while the intention is good, it would be hard to determine how to regulate it or what qualifies to be taken down. It is every voter’s personal responsibility to question everything they see on social media.

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    I do not think the government should be able to regulate social media. Social media sites are owned privately by businesses and I believe regulating t…

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  • Maggie from Kentucky

    I think that the government should not regulate social media because although people might be spreading false information, there are so many other sources of false information in the media, and since everyone has their own opinions of situations anyway, things are always going to perceived differently. Therefore, it is the fault of the person reading the false information if they choose to believe it because they didn’t read multiple sources to find factual information.

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    I think that the government should not regulate social media because although people might be spreading false information, there are so many other sou…

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    Controlling social media violates the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. People shouldn’t trust social media without substantiating the sources, but people have the right to post their opinions. The government would be infringing on people’s rights by regulating social media which is the platform for freedom of speech. People need to be accountable for doing their own research on reliable sources instead of just social media.

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    Controlling social media violates the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. People shouldn’t trust social media without substantiating the sourc…

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  • Eleanor from Indiana

    I do not think the government should regulate social media because that goes against the First Amendment. It has potential to be a good idea due to people on large media platforms who sway the input of gullible voters with false information. However, this could get out of control if the government becomes too strict on what is posted on media; if the president gets the least bit offended by something, this would give him the power to take it down which is exactly against what America stands for.

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    I do not think the government should regulate social media because that goes against the First Amendment. It has potential to be a good idea due to pe…

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  • Luke from Kentucky

    I don’t believe the Government has the right to regulate what people say on Social Media. They should be able to see what is being said to fact check it and make sure it isn’t violent in nature. However, they don’t have any right to stop people from speaking against what they disagree with.

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    I don’t believe the Government has the right to regulate what people say on Social Media. They should be able to see what is being said to fact check …

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    No I do not believe the government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling as that violates our freedom of speech. Everyone is able to voice their opinions as they wish, the government should not be able to take down or limit people from voicing these opinions. Furthermore, most of the rumors spreading around the internet do not have any viable source, and it should be up to the general public to understand the difference between a credible and not credible source.

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    No I do not believe the government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling as that violates our freedom of speec…

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  • Ray from Kentucky

    No, the government should not regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. It is the responsibility of the individual to find credible sources to get their information in politics.

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    No, the government should not regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. It is the responsibility of the individual to find credibl…

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  • Julia from Kentucky

    No, I do not think that the federal government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. By doing so, it would infringe on our First Amendment right of freedom of speech. Social Media is a wonderful resource for citizens to voice their opinions. It is up to the readers themselves to figure out what information is true versus what information is not.

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    No, I do not think that the federal government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. By doing so, it would in…

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  • Ruby from Kentucky

    No, it’s an invasion of privacy and it’s a way for individuals to voice their opinions. It is the individual and the company’s responsibility to deal with and regulate what is posted and what isn’t.

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    No, it’s an invasion of privacy and it’s a way for individuals to voice their opinions. It is the individual and the company’s responsibility to deal…

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  • Cori from Kentucky

    I think social media is a form of free speech or free press. Many news channels and politicians have social media accounts that people follow. If the U.S. Government had access to control social media, they also could manipulate not just the bad things, but the good things. Because of this, people’s free speech would be violated. People should be educated on how to find a reliable source and not to believe everything online. Influences from social media are similar to influences from television or in real life.

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    I think social media is a form of free speech or free press. Many news channels and politicians have social media accounts that people follow. If the …

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    The government should not regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because it violates people’s rights for not being able to post what they want.

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    No they shouldn’t because this is just a claim that Hillary made when she lost the election, because she was mad about how she lost the election. If people wish to believe what they see on social media then that is their choice. If they see something that they like or don’t like, they should look it up and do some research about the topic.

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    No they shouldn’t because this is just a claim that Hillary made when she lost the election, because she was mad about how she lost the election. If p…

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  • Bridget from Kentucky

    No, I do not think the government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because if they did so, it would infringe on freedom of speech. On social media, everyone posts their own opinion about an election, and it is up to each individual whether they want to believe everything they hear/see. If a person cares so much about what they see on social media, they should also do the research about the election themselves, and figure out the truth from trustworthy websites. Also, social media apps and websites are already trying to regulate their content to make sure nothing is being hacked. Each person has the ability to choose what they believe.

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    No, I do not think the government should be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because if they did so, it would infri…

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  • Nyah from Kentucky

    I do not think the government should be able to regulate social media or be able to control how people use their platforms to advertise or voice their opinions on political topics or elections. It violates our right of privacy and our freedom of speech. As US citizens, we are entitled to our own opinions, and social media gives us a platform to voice them. I believe it is up to the audiences to do their own research in order to be able to take proper stances and align their personal political beliefs. We can choose whether or not to pay attention to a political post or tweet. On the other hand, accounts promoting violence or anything that threatens our human rights should be taken down.

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    I do not think the government should be able to regulate social media or be able to control how people use their platforms to advertise or voice their…

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  • joseph from Kentucky

    I don’t think government should take over social media because it is up to the social media companies to deal with that problem. Government should not interfere with this because it takes away freedom of speech.

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    I don’t think government should take over social media because it is up to the social media companies to deal with that problem. Government should not…

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  • Tim from Kentucky

    No the government should not interfere with social media to prevent election meddling. Every citizen has the right to post as they wish and share their beliefs about news. Using popular influence is part of the game. They cannot tell people not to use social media when the candidates themselves use social media to help them out.

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    No the government should not interfere with social media to prevent election meddling. Every citizen has the right to post as they wish and share thei…

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  • Cole from Kentucky

    No. Freedom of speech. Just because we say something online does not mean everyone else is going to do it. This violates are rights of privacy, I understand why this would be a possibly good idea, however the consequences are not going to work out in the government’s favor.

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    No. Freedom of speech. Just because we say something online does not mean everyone else is going to do it. This violates are rights of privacy, I unde…

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  • Thomas from Kentucky

    The government should not be granted access to be involved in anyway,shape, or form with social media. In our country, you are granted the right to express your own beliefs and theories or what not with other people publically. If the government manipulates this freedom, they would be tampering with the constitution and the rights that it grants us.

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    The government should not be granted access to be involved in anyway,shape, or form with social media. In our country, you are granted the right to ex…

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  • Ryan from Kentucky

    No , I think the government should not regulate social media to prevent election meddling. I believe if they did this it would be violating our freedom of speech. Social media can be an influence on people’s opinions but I do not think it changes election results. People are aware of misinformation and are more likely to fact check to make sure the information they are seeing is true. The only time government should get involved in social media is when slander and or threats to someone life are being dealt with.

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    No , I think the government should not regulate social media to prevent election meddling. I believe if they did this it would be violating our freedo…

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    No, they should not regulate social media. This is how our country runs a lot of the time. Donald Trump uses social media all of the time so there is no reason for them to regulate the media for one purpose only.

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    No, they should not regulate social media. This is how our country runs a lot of the time. Donald Trump uses social media all of the time so there is …

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  • Sarah from Kentucky

    I don’t believe that the government should interfer with the social media for multiple reasons. In this country we are given rights and freedoms, and having the government take over the media, it is taking away our freedom of speech and without that we are bascially trapped with our own thoughts inside our head, and not being able to share with the world because of what the government could do is upsetting. Therefore the eyes of the government should not be digging through our profiles, whereas they should be communicating with others personally and watching peoples actions.

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    I don’t believe that the government should interfer with the social media for multiple reasons. In this country we are given rights and freedoms, and …

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  • Morgan from Kentucky

    I do not think that the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. I feel that it is up to each individual to create their own platform for which way they are going to vote. Also, if the government were to regulate social media I think that most people would find a way around that and make sure their voices were heard. Finally, I think that social media is one of the main platforms candidates use/have in order to get their names out to the public. It is each person’s choice regarding how and when they use it. I feel if the government were to take that away, it would be as if they took away our freedom and right to speech, since social media is one of the major ways we communicate now a days. And if the government takes that away, the citizens would not know nearly as much about each candidate and what they represent which could pose other rising problems.

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    I do not think that the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. I feel that it is up to each individual to crea…

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I believe that the federal government should stay out of it and not regulate social media. I think that this violates the first amendment and takes away freedom of speech. I know that it was not right for Russian hackers to get involved with the election, but you cannot take away United States’ citizens rights to freedom of speech, especially during an election. The people have every right to be politically involved in their government as they please.

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    I believe that the federal government should stay out of it and not regulate social media. I think that this violates the first amendment and takes aw…

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    No, the government should not be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because everyone has the right of privacy. Everyone should be able to post whatever they want, if they want to post election stuff they can they have the freedom of speech and can do what they want. The government should only step in if people are being threatened during the election posts. If people are threatening others to get them to vote for someone then it that specific account can be regulated. Social media is a place for you to place your own opinion and the government should not be able to take that away or delete things they don’t like. Also the social media sites have their own filtering system that stops meddling.

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    No, the government should not be able to regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because everyone has the right of privacy. Everyo…

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  • Isabella from Kentucky

    I believe that this violates our freedom of speech and our rights as a human. This violates our privacy as well. If the government can regulate what we say on social media as well as everything else in our lives then we really have no freedom at all in the ‘land of the free’. However, I do think that there are some social media accounts that are completely inappropriate and violate human rights themselves as well as things like animal abuse and spam. Those accounts should be regulated.

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    I believe that this violates our freedom of speech and our rights as a human. This violates our privacy as well. If the government can regulate what w…

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  • Paige from Indiana

    I do not think the government should take it into their own hands to regulate and prevent meddling on social media. I believe that people should be able to advertise however they feel free and if the social media company does not like what is being discussed, they should take care of the problem themself. If the government was able to mess with social media and the topics being discussed, it would be an invasion of privacy of the people and of the company if the government simply went in and changed whatever they did not like.

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    I do not think the government should take it into their own hands to regulate and prevent meddling on social media. I believe that people should be ab…

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    No, the government should not regulate our social media because election meddling is still a problem on other platforms. Social media isn’t the only one. Also, every person has the right to formulate their own opinions based off of all information available.

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    No, the government should not regulate our social media because election meddling is still a problem on other platforms. Social media isn’t the only o…

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  • rachel from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. Social media is a place to express your ideas and opinions, the government shouldn’t have the right to strip you from that freedom. Also, everyone knows that not everything on the internet is true so what you choose to believe is up to you. Social media is a good place to talk about elections and give other people your insight on things so therefore the government should not have control over it.

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  • Josh from Kentucky

    I believe that the government should not regulate social media in its elections. Everyone has the freedom to choose who they want as an elect. Due to posted opinions, thoughts, and actions on social media (however biased) there has been more involvement and understanding in our government. The youth has found ways to understand the occurrences from all over the world, meddling with a mere election is not a serious issue in my opinion. Through multiple checks and balances within our government there are ways to avoid harmful decisions, we decide our future.

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  • Erica from Kansas

    No, I don’t believe that the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. It is the responsibility of the individual corporations to regulate and monitor the content of their platforms. Because increased government regulations may not solve the problem, it should be left the private companies to rid their servers of potentially foreign media campaigners.

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  • Jacey from Kentucky

    The federal government should not regulate social media to prevent meddling in an election. Every person, including the candidates, have a right to privacy. Meddling is seen in many of the elections today, for instance the recent election of President Trump and the whole Russia scandal where they evidently hacked the votes to change the election outcome. Additionally, government meddling while it be an invasion of the right to privacy, it is also a demonstration of too much power in the government. This power would demonstrate almost a tyrannical society that is able to regulate the actions of all people, as seen in places like South Korea. Therefore, the government should not be able to regulate social media to prevent meddling in an election due to right to privacy and overbearing power.

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  • Paul from Kentucky

    I don’t think that the government should interfere with social media in order to attempt to eliminate election meddling. First of all, meddling is not a crime. One of the most prominent cases of election meddling has to do with the Russians during the 2016 election. It is up to people and the media to decide whether or not they want to pay attention to other peoples’, like Russia, input. I think that people shouldn’t focus on what is put on social media by candidates, but instead look at what they do and say.

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  • Scott from Kentucky

    The Government should not interfere with social media during times of election. If Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets are already implementing systems to prevent the spread and existence of “fake news” and hacker accounts then it would not be necessary for the federal government to step in. There is also question that if the federal government stepped in, would that not violate some aspects of the first ammendment?

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  • Kayla from Kentucky

    If the government was able to view everyone’s social media platforms, then it would be tempting to wonder if they are doing so for the right reasons. As a citizen, we have basic rights that the government must provide us with. Among these is our freedom to speech and beiefs, so they should not be able to judge what we say on social media against us. While they claim that they would be cautious of social media only for election meddling, people would be very suspicious of their true intentions. Therefore, I do not think that the government should have access to everyone’s social media accounts, for they give us a chance to speak our minds without fear of being judged or punished.

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  • Natalie from Kentucky

    No, the government should not regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling because this violates the first amendment. This gives individuals the right to free speech which is being taken away if the government censors what is being said on social media. It is not truly a right to free speech or press in that situation.

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  • Nathan from Kentucky

    This sort of thing gives the federal government too much power. The whole controversy of Donald Trump’s campaign having ties with Russia is ridiculous, and this topic should not even be discussed. Meddling is not some major issue that we need to worry about. We should focus our power on other such causes like war. This is a ridiculous claim.

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  • Patrick from Kentucky

    If the government can regulate what goes on social media, does that not constitute censorship, a violation of our first amendment rights of our nation’s citizens. The responsibility of preventing the spread of fake news, whether conservative or liberal, resides with the people on those social media platforms. If the government starts meddling in social media, what’s to stop the United States’ Government from censoring ideas that they do not agree with or they deem offensive. Our founding fathers wrote in the first amendment to make sure the power stayed with the people. If the government takes this step, it creates a precedent of censorship.

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  • Hunter from Texas

    I do not believe the government should monitor social media for election purposes. Americans should have some privacy. Government already monitors so many aspects of our lives.

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  • Hala from Texas

    The social media is the place where the people describe their opinions

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  • Madilynn from Kansas

    I think that people should be able to regulate our own social media.

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  • Lauren from Kansas

    I don’t believe that the government should be able to fully regulate social media. However, I do believe that each website should have in place a list of unbiased guidelines and rules to follow. I don’t think that either fully giving the government power or fully giving the people power by making websites transparent will be beneficial. The government would scare the websites into putting too many regulations into place, and if there weren’t enough rules, the public would be able to put whatever they wanted into the cites. Also, the fake news would affect some of the voters, but the most likely to vote are the older, wealthier and more educated of the citizens. These people are likely to get their news from a more reputable source than social media, and if they did see something on social media that they found questionable, they would probably look into it a bit deeper before believing it. Therefore, although the fake news is a problem, I don’t believe it is appropriate for the government to regulate it.

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  • Gianna from New York

    The social media platforms are doing whatever they can to stop the accounts. If the government got involved it would make everything way more dramatic then it has to be. If they want to put a stop to it they should just contact the social media creator and have it removed if its that bad.

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  • Rebecca from Kansas

    No, I don’t believe that the government should regulate social media in order to prevent election meddling. I believe that the social media platforms are doing all in their power to stop the meddling. I think that if the government got involved that it would be an even bigger mess, because then people would question whether the government is doing the right thing or not, and the question of meddling would never end. I think that the government has enough to do already, and that they are not needed in this matter, because there are already individuals who are doing their best the take care of it.

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    • bryce from Colorado

      Yes I agree the social media platforms are doing a good enough job at stopping meddling.

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  • Kyle from Missouri

    The Individual media sites should have basic filters in place, but if it does not violate explicit policies, and does not call for violence, the 1st Amendment should be respected and protected. This ensures every side has an equal say, without covering, erasing, or preventing content from being shown

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  • Maddelyn from Kansas

    Americans can do their own research if they are truely serious about voting for a candidate. The government has no right to interfere/regulate our social media. That would lead to further problems that allow the government to have access to more and more of our personal lives.

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