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Free speech and the regulation of social media content congressional research service 2 advertising space13 among other things14 thus social media sites engage in a wide variety of activities at least some of which entail hosting and creating constitutionally protected speech. Government regulation of social media would kill the internet and free speech by daniel ortner opinion contributor 08 12 19 0700 am edt the views expressed by contributors are their own . Free speech and the regulation of social media content valerie c brannon legislative attorney comments off on free speech and the regulation of social media content filed under current events. Free speech and the regulation of social media content congressional research service valerie c brannon march 27 2019 as the supreme court has recognized social media sites like facebook and twitter have become important venues for users to exercise free speech rights protected under the first amendment commentators and legislators however have questioned whether these. From the summary of free speech and the regulation of social media content r45650 mar 272019 some have argued that congress should step in to regulate social media sites government action regulating internet content would constitute state action that may implicate the first amendment in particular social media providers may argue that government regulations impermissibly