Pa. Senate committee advances bill to restrict children’s access to social media

BY: - September 19, 2023

A state Senate committee on Tuesday unanimously voted to advance a bill that would add restrictions to children’s social media use. Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), one of the prime co-sponsors of SB 22 along with with Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), said during the Communications and Technology Committee hearing that the goal of the legislation was […]

Court reduces restrictions on Biden administration contact with social media platforms

BY: - September 8, 2023

A federal appeals court in Louisiana agreed on Friday evening with Missouri’s attorney general that the Biden administration “ran afoul of the First Amendment” by threatening social media platforms over posts spreading misinformation. But the three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans concluded a lower court’s wide-ranging order barring […]


Did the Biden administration violate the First Amendment?

BY: - July 25, 2023

On July 4, federal Judge Terry Doughty, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, ruled that the Biden administration had violated the First Amendment by asking social media sites to delete posts containing false information, including misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines and the 2020 election. Judge Doughty then enjoined further contact by the Biden administration with […]

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Appellate court ruling on Philly cops’ social media posts sends a dangerous message | Michael Coard

BY: - June 20, 2023

We need far more than just mere reform to fix a broken system.

A teenager uses a laptop with a phone nearby. States are passing laws designed to keep kids away from social media and porn sites, but the effectiveness of the laws is being questioned by opponents and challenged in court (Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images).

State lawmakers are trying to protect kids online. Will it work?

BY: - June 9, 2023

'Any parent who thinks they are smarter technically than a 17-year-old doesn’t know their 17-year-old,' an industry expert said.

Thousands of Pa. kids sought mental health treatment last year, according to a new report.

Social media, trauma, hate speech add to youth mental health crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - June 8, 2023

Lawmakers agreed that the nation's youth are in crisis. They disagreed on the role Congress has to play in fixing it.

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In its haste to ban TikTok, Congress is embarrassing itself — again | Heather MacDonald

BY: - March 28, 2023

Congress' efforts to protect teenagers read like efforts by people who have never met an actual teenager.

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U.S. Senate panel pledges to work across the aisle to protect kids online

BY: - February 15, 2023

'Like we do in the real world, we need to protect our kids in the virtual world,' U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, said.


Combating antisemitism today: Holocaust education in the era of Twitter and TikTok | Opinion

BY: - January 26, 2023

As a first step, educators can promote media literacy and the knowledge and skills needed to navigate and critique online information.


Free Speech for Me, Not for Thee: Elon Musk’s Twitter folly | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - December 6, 2022

If Musk thinks free speech means only supporting right-wing populists, he'll learn some costly political lessons.

Mastriano removes social media profile pics after warning from U.S. Army

BY: - August 15, 2022

Doug Mastriano’s campaign took down social media profile pictures of the Republican gubernatorial nominee in his U.S. Army uniforms after learning they violated a Department of Defense policy, an Army spokesperson said.  The pictures showed Mastriano on Facebook smiling in a dress uniform and beret, and in camouflage fatigues on Twitter. Pittsburgh NPR station WESA-FM […]


Scrutiny of youthful social media posts, such as Austin Davis’, likely to feature in campaigns

BY: - July 21, 2022

As digital natives, who grew up with the internet, begin to run for higher office, they're likely to face scrutiny of their youthful social media posts.