John Samples

Knight Institute v. Trump

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed a district court’s ruling that Donald Trump may not block Americans from...

What’s Missing from Facebook’s Oversight Board

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE Facebook has set out a draft charter for an “Oversight Board for Content Decisions.” This document represents the first concrete step yet toward...

Can Pluralism Work Online?

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has consulted with conservative individuals and groups about its content moderation. Recently I suggested that social media...

Censorship Comes to Google

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE At Saturday’s Halifax International Security Forum, Eric Schmidt announced that Google will alter its search algorithm to “de-rank” results from Russia...

Do You Have a Constitutional Right to Follow the President on Twitter?

JOHN SAMPLES, CATO INSTITUTE Several Twitter users blocked by President Trump have threatened to file suit, alleging that his Twitter account constitutes a public forum,...