In 1964 the Supreme Court declared “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks…”
The Internet fulfills that commitment in ways the Court could never imagine. And it will continue in ways we presently can’t fathom. That doesn’t mean debate will be rational, respectful, or fair. Online platforms evolve toward market forces; people don’t want polite debating forums. And in free societies, it is they and not government that must make those choices. The FEC should remember that when tempted to fish for online fairness.