Online Harms: Why We Need a Systems-Based Approach Towards Internet Regulation

February 19, 2021

"People should remain free to state their opinions online (providing they do not break the law in doing so, nor violate the terms of service of a commercial contract), but those opinions do not have to reach the widest audience in ways that sacrifice the public interest for advertising revenue. It is the difference between freedom of speech and freedom of reach. The former is a democratic value. The latter is a false claim on the right to manipulate a broken business model." writes Poppy Wood,’s Senior Advisor on UK policy and political strategy. The article was published as part of the Uncovering Media Influence in the UK project.