After the attack, writers and world leaders hailed Rushdie as a symbol of free expression. But the battle lines around his novel “The Satanic Verses” were never cleanly drawn.
A number of writers and authors spoke out about the attack, with the author Neil Gaiman writing that he was “shocked and distressed.”
A serious strain of self-censorship has taken root within the left-leaning publishing industry.
Democrats should reclaim the cause of civil liberties as Republicans move to restrict them.
No one likes to be scolded for using the “wrong” language. But we must be willing to change our habits as attitudes and language change.
Librarians respond to book bans. Also: The Jan. 6 hearing; a Supreme Court test; anti-abortion states; homelessness in California; acting for change locally.
Numerous federal agencies agree that widely promoted falsehoods threaten the nation’s security. Doing something about them is another matter.
Without a federal right to abortion, questions about how states can regulate speech about it suddenly become much murkier.
Ilya Shapiro, who tweeted that a “lesser Black woman” would get a Supreme Court nod, was cleared by a school investigation. He decided to leave anyway.
Abuse victims now have another reason to fear coming forward.
The court blocked a Texas law that would have forced large social media companies to publish all viewpoints.
The law, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, prohibits big technology companies like Facebook and Twitter from removing posts based on the views they express.
Several states are putting more money and effort into combating false and misleading information about elections.
A campaign is circulating a list of dozens of researchers in the hopes they will be denied the prestige of election into the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Despite the terrifying experience of armed protesters picketing Jocelyn Benson’s house, she supports the right to protest outside public officials’ homes.
The right’s political strength matters more.
Joshua Katz’s dismissal is related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student, the university said. He says his criticism of a campus protest group is the issue.
Joshua Katz says he was targeted because of his criticism of a campus protest group. A university report says the concerns are related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student.
Both sides are moving too hastily to regulate online speech.
The Texas senator challenged a federal law that put a $250,000 cap on repayments of candidates’ loans to their campaigns using postelection contributions.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, was among three held for their work with a legal aid group that helped protesters and that officials accuse of colluding with foreign powers.
Nearly 14 years after his death, his provocative humor has been embraced by people across the political spectrum. What happens when comedy outlasts the era it was made for?
America’s richest man tries to halt the liberal retreat from dynamism.
Many marketers were already lukewarm on the service. Now, some may move their money elsewhere if the content moderation policies are relaxed.
The apartheid era created all-white enclaves littered with anti-Black government propaganda and sheltered from the atrocities of apartheid.
The board, an advisory group with the Department of Homeland Security, has become embroiled in the debate over the government’s role in policing online content.
Discarding core commitments is not a small concession to changing times but an abject desecration of everything the G.O.P. long claimed to believe.
Elon Musk has invested heavily in China, where officials are willing to influence or punish companies that cross political red lines.
Perhaps — much as we might not want to admit it — it’s a good match.
To make social media less toxic, the United States needs to commit to making digital platforms more transparent.
Musk says he wants to transform Twitter into “the platform for free speech around the globe.” The reality could look very different.
The Trump-backed social media app is inundated with phony accounts and features that don’t work. It also hides some posts, including those with curse words.
Free speech absolutism might backfire when it comes to ining the company’s user base and profits.
How conservatives put their hope in Elon Musk and Ron DeSantis.
The company’s decision to sell seems to have been based purely on the financials, with little if any regard for other stakeholders.
What happens when the incarnation of a problem buys the right to decide what the problem is and how to fix it?
Tech’s big shots have learned again and again that free speech isn’t so simple. What happens when Mr. Musk owns Twitter?
A new generation seeks to shock the bourgeoisie.
Mr. Musk has not been a responsible caretaker for the companies he already oversees.
The world’s richest man succeeded in a bid to acquire the influential social networking service, which he has said he wants to take private.
The Digital Services Act would force Meta, Google and others to combat misinformation and restrict certain online ads. How European officials will wield it remains to be seen.
The billionaire in pursuit of Twitter has often been described as a libertarian, but he has not shrunk from government help when it has been good for business.
With eight forthcoming translations of his books, Vladimir Sorokin is gaining recognition in the West just as, he says, Russian writers need to fight back in a semantic war on truth.
Section 230 gives companies wide latitude to host as much objectionable content as they wish.
The billionaire executive recently became one of the company’s largest shareholders. Now he says he wants to buy the whole thing and change how it handles speech.
What would Twitter look like with Musk as its sole proprietor?
The law professor Amy Gajda writes about the tug of war between the right to know and the right to be let alone.
I often have to ask my students to keep quiet — all in the name of open and free expression.
They had served on the territory’s highest court, part of an arrangement to retain links to the common law world after Hong Kong returned to China.
First of a two-part series: Readers discuss “cancel culture,” civility and the First Amendment, in response to an editorial. Next: Speech and self-censorship on campus.