Giving Compass' Take:

• This podcast from Duke University talks about if the government should play a role in regulating social media, and how that would work. 

• What problems and challenges would arise with government intervention of free speech? How could this be beneficial? 

Here's an article on democracy and social networks. 

In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Phil Napoli, professor of public policy at Duke University, breaks down how it might work.

Recently, a man opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand leaving 50 dead and dozens more injured. The shooter announced the massacre on the internet and streamed it live on Facebook. On Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the internet, people were narrating the video on a forum devoted to watching people die.

A YouTube executive told NPR that in the first few hours after the massacre, users were uploading a new copy of the shooting video to different accounts on the platform once every second.

Napoli’s research focuses on media regulation and policy. He has provided expert testimony to the US Senate, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission among other government entities.

Read the full article about governmental regulations on social media from Duke University for Futurity.