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Heritage Foundation Report: Address*online bias by championing free enterprise**

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Heritage Foundation Report: Address*online bias by championing free enterprise**

11.21.19 07:38 AM

A growing chorus of voices in Congress have called for increased government control of the internet to punish alleged online bias. Many,*including Sen.*Josh Hawley from the right and Sen. Elizabeth Warren from the left, have attempted to enact top-down legislative action to address the issue. For example, Sen. Hawley’s recently introduced Support for Internet Censorship Act (S. 1914) is more likely to erode free speech than to protect it. But are lawmakers really the best fit for setting internet speech rules? In a*recent report, The Heritage Foundation made a clear, free-market case for addressing online bias by rejecting heavy-handed government approaches. Senior Research Fellow Diane Katz argues*in the report*that*“site curation*—*including the right to exclude content*—*is the prerogative of privately*owned platforms and should not be regulated by government.” She contends that online bias is best addressed by empowering consumers, spurring competition through deregulation, and encouraging innovation by championing free enterprise. As Katz notes, history has shown government efforts to legislate “fairness,” as*Sen. Hawley is attempting, have a record of failure.*One of numerous examples, the imposition of the Fairness Doctrine in 1949 by the Federal Communications Commission*yielded perverse unintended consequences. The FCC required broadcasters to “afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of […]

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