Free Expression vs. Misinformation Online: Who Decides?

Description: This webinar explores the question, “How do Americans weigh a core value like free expression against the downsides that come with harmful content and misinformation online?” A report by Gallup and Knight Foundation, released June 16, 2020, explores attitudes toward key issues in tech policy, including content moderation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and approaches to industry self-governance like Facebook’s Oversight Board. This new study provides a springboard for tech companies, government, and citizens alike to advance a conversation about free expression online.


  • Evelyn Aswad, Professor of Law and Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law, the University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Paul Barrett, Deputy Director, New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
  • Daphne Keller, Director of the Program on Platform Regulation, the Stanford Cyber Policy Center
  • Heather Moore, Governance and Strategic Initiatives, Facebook
  • Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • John Samples, Vice President and Founder, the Center for Representative Government at the Cato Institute

Why I trust it: The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots that invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The Knight brothers believed that a well-informed community could best determine its own true interests and was essential to a well-functioning, representative democracy. The Knights formed the Knight Foundation to promote excellence in journalism and the success of the communities in which they worked.

Use: Use this resource to understand the complexities in the relationship between freedom of expression and misinformation.

Access: This webinar is accessible at this link.

Citation: Free expression vs misinformation online: Who decides? (2020). The Knight Foundation & Gallup.

The First Amendment Encyclopedia

Description: This online encyclopedia is a collection of articles about free expression in America, curated by faculty of the Middle Tennessee State University.

Why I trust it: This resource is presented by the Free Speech Center and the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies. It is edited by two scholars, one of whom, Dr. John R. Vile, is a professor of political science and dean of the University Honors College at MTSU. The other scholar, David L. Hudson, Jr., is a former member of the Nashville First Amendment Center, and he now teaches at the Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. A unique aspect about this encyclopedia is that it provides you with direct contact information for its collaborators. If you have questions, reach out to these experts for an interview.

Use: First amendment issues are all over the Internet, and understanding them will help you think critically about the information you consume. Use this encyclopedia to understand more about freedom of speech and expression.

Access: Users can access this online encyclopedia with a preferred internet browser from any computer in the United States, and beyond.

Vile, J. R. & Hudson, D. L. (2019). The First Amendment encyclopedia. Middle Tennessee State University. Retrieved from