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Social Media Users Want Free Speech

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In its ongoing fight against "fake news," Facebook has removed several pages from its site, but many users are angry that they've yet to remove a page known for spreading conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated rumors. Despite the outcry, though, most users still think it's best to let speech go unfettered on social media.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% agree that owners of social media should allow free speech without interference, while 25% think it is better if they regulate what is posted to make sure some people are not offended. These findings show little change from surveys since July 2016. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 19 & 22, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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