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After pointing out the sheer impracticality of any rule against foreign "influence" in our world with instant global communications, Mr. Keating and Mr. Jossey describe the real danger here -- government pressure to suppress certain speech:
But when government officials pressure it and other online outlets to police political speech, censorship risks skyrocket. The government should focus on ensuring that our voting machinery is safe from foreign hackers. Protection is also needed to prevent foreign agents from stealing internal candidate campaign communications. But when the issue is speech, we must exercise great caution lest zeal to curb foreign influence instead damages our own free speech rights.Lawmakers should exercise caution when considering any rule that limits speech or creates new regulations of speech, and any response to the limited (and quite frankly, incompetent) attempts by Russian agents to influence public opinion last year should be very narrow, targeted specifically to foreign speech, and specifically exempt speech by American citizens. Any other internet speech regulation would be unconstitutional, in addition to being a bad idea. Fortunately, Republicans in Congress and at the FEC understand this well. As Mr. Keating and Mr. Jossey quite correctly point out, American citizens are the ones whose rights are taken away when speech is regulated.