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Protecting Publius: Online anonymity is critical for protecting freedom to dissent

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The bipartisan loathing of Section 230, the liability shield that protects online platforms from being legally responsible for what their users post, has some policymakers contemplating an end to user anonymity on social media platforms. This is an effort to avoid the harmful consequences of repealing or curtailing Section 230, while still addressing content moderation criticisms. That’s a noble goal, but protecting anonymous speech is critical to the health of our republic.

Anonymous posting online faces an image problem in the wake of “The Great Deplatforming” surrounding the storming of the U.S. Capitol. As it becomes clearer to many that revoking or reducing Section 230’s protections for online platforms will lead to a degraded user experience online, barriers to entry for potential competitors to the tech giants, and more, not less, content being taken down online. Policymakers are looking for an alternative solution. 



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