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What are the benefits and consequences of potential government regulation of social media? Explore core arguments in favor and against such a regulation and in 10 meaningful minutes earn your digital badge.

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Concerns about the impact of social media have led to calls for governments to become more involved. When we all live in our customized information bubbles, we believe things that just aren’t true and think the worst of people on the “other side” of the partisan divide. But if change is required, what should that change be, and what’s the proper role of government? This GEM™ examines arguments both in favor of and against greater government regulation. By completing this GEM, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the First Amendment when government regulates speech.

  • Explain the importance of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

  • Compare and contrast social media and other forms of media.

  • Describe proposals to reform social media through government regulation.

  • Add an exclusive credential to LinkedIn and other platforms.

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Ben Paris

Ben Paris has over 25 years of experience in learning design and product development and has unique expertise in assessment, improving critical thinking skills, and role-based simulations. He is a former Kaplan Curriculum Director responsible for industry-leading LSAT, GMAT, and GRE courses.

At Pearson Education, he was responsible for assessment standards, training assessment partners, and using assessment in innovative ways to improve the learner experience. At ansrsource, Ben’s vision of assessment guided the production of hundreds of thousands of assessment items each year. He also founded ansrsource’s Applied Critical Thinking Institute, where he developed programs that were proven to significantly improve critical thinking skills. He has created award-winning online learning systems, trained hundreds of writers and teachers, and personally helped thousands of students achieve their educational goals.

Ben got his J.D. from NYU, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College, and completed the General Course at the London School of Economics. He has earned 99th percentile scores on many of the most rigorous and competitive tests of critical thinking, including the LSAT, GMAT, and the Watson-Glaser. Ben has trained for over 30 years in Tae Kwon Do, earning a sixth-degree black belt and winning multiple Grand Championships in black belt competition.

He is a published author, with credits in Parenting for High Potential, Inside Higher Ed, Black Belt Magazine and Tae Kwon Do Times. Ben owns over 10,000 comic books and has an odd sense of humor. Other than that, he is completely normal.

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