Americans blame publishers more than tech companies in free speech battle


America’s free speech frustration has pivoted from tech companies to media publishers, according to this year’s Axios Harris Poll 100.

Why it matters: It’s a sign of growing hostility toward publishers, with little recourse for people who think they don’t do enough to guard against bias or misinformation.

  • The lines between publishers, like The Washington Post, and platforms like Twitter where their stories might appear are becoming increasingly blurred — making it harder to be sure exactly who the public is blaming when they don’t like the content.
  • Tech firms are protected by internet laws that shield them from liability
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