We must not punish content creators in our rush to regulate social platforms

Getty/Nicholas Kamm

Getty/Nicholas Kamm

This article was originally published on The Conversation.

By harnessing social media, the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida massacre in the United States have started a movement that might finally shift the dial on gun control.

Using their cellphones and laptops, they’ve not only organised a march on Washington, but built a digital network of supporters who are putting unprecedented pressure on legislators.

I have absolutely no words… Thank you not only for your service but for standing with us as we #MarchForOurLives tomorrow all over the world #VeteransForGunReform #GunControlNow #NeverAgain https://t.co/RIqLXq55MC pic.twitter.com/TYDiV7czCa

— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 23, 2018

Social media platforms such as Facebook have richly earned our distrust. From Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election, to the spread of fake news and the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, the news just keeps getting worse.

But the Parkland movement reminds us that digital platforms have also provided the infrastructure …read more

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