This Podcase examines Facebook's history as it relates to political speech in the US and around the world. It covers the "Facebook era" in American presidential elections, including charges of Russian interference, and the role of Facebook in the Myanmar genocide and politics in Poland. The Podcase also discusses how the company, now called Meta, has navigated contentious decisions about political speech in an ever-evolving social media landscape.
The case is designed for use in classes on business ethics or corporations & society to discuss the social responsibility of business. It raises ethical questions such as: How should social media balance a commitment to freedom of speech, with the need to prevent violence and civil unrest? When is censorship ok, if ever? And what role should government play —if any— in legislating how internet companies regulate what elected officials can say in their platforms?
Podcases: Case Studies, Reimagined
A “podcase” is a teaching tool: an audio version of a traditional case study, designed to provide an alternate learning method for students. It includes audio enhancements, such as sound effects, intended to illuminate the material.
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