Tech Policy Podcast

#23: Getting SLAPPed for Online Speech

February 16, 2016

Online free speech is critical to companies like Yelp and TripAdvisor whose business models depend on consumer reviews. But companies often don’t like what they see on those sites, and can use strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) to discourage people from sharing their opinions online. Without anti-SLAPP laws, consumers might end up spending huge sums on legal fees to defend their speech, even when the lawsuits are frivolous. Evan is joined by Moriah Mensah, a recent graduate of Howard University School of Law and a policy intern at the R Street Institute. They discuss the problems with SLAPPs and whether reform efforts like the SPEAK FREE Act will be effective.

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