Does the Government Need To Fix Social Media? A Soho Forum Debate
Are platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram harming Americans in ways that government regulation could help correct?
On Thursday, February 17, Jonathan Haidt and Robby Soave had an Oxford-style debate on the role of government regarding social media before a capacity crowd at the Sheen Center in downtown Manhattan. It was hosted by the Soho Forum, a monthly debate series sponsored by Reason. Soho Forum Director Gene Epstein served as moderator.
Haidt, professor of ethical leadership at New York University and co-founder of Heterodox Academy, defended the debate resolution, “The federal government should increase its efforts to reduce the harms caused by social media.”
Soave, who took the negative, is a senior editor at Reason and author of the recently published Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Facebook and the Future. He argued that widespread criticisms of social media stem from our innate—and misguided—distrust of new technology. Soave also con
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