On November 10th, 2020, FOX 32 interviewed social media attorney Daliah Saper about the growing popularity of the social media app Parler, which markets itself as the “free speech” social network and touts its hands-off approach to moderating content on its platform. Daliah explained that while there is ongoing debate over whether or not social media platforms have a responsibility to fact-check or curate content, under Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, Parler and other social media sites have no legal liability nor legal responsibility to do so. Ultimately the decision to moderate is in the hands of each platform.
When asked about a possible continued migration of users to Parler from established platforms like Facebook, Daliah noted that the influx is reactionary. The public is upset with how social media platforms are handling increased public responsibility and Daliah pointed to how platforms have been criticized in a circular pattern, for doing both too much and not enough. She added that we will have to take a wait-and-see approach and see how debate over these issues turns out. For now at least, the big, established platforms are here to stay.