Platform Regulation and the First Amendment (7117): Social media platforms are arguably the most important channels of communication in the modern world and now it suddenly seems like everyone has ideas on how to regulate them. This course will explore the regulatory landscape and proposed reforms, and the way these reforms interact (or collide) with the First Amendment. Topics will include proposals to amend section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to make platforms liable for speech they host, attempts to impose must-carry and common carrier obligations on platforms to carry certain speech, how the First Amendment constrains government actors on social media, regulation of online falsehoods, and the constitutionality of imposing transparency and due process requirements on platforms' content moderation practices. Students will be responsible for multiple short reflection papers throughout semester, and a longer essay to be turned in at the fall paper deadline. Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper. Students must have taken First Amendment to enroll.