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The First Amendment and Covid-19: Strategies for How to Control the Spread of Misinformation


Misinformation campaigns that are prevalent today have challenged how Americans interpret the first amendment, specifically regarding freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Research shows that there may be a correlation between the challenges of identifying credible information and the increase in Covid-19 positive tests. Despite attempts to mitigate the spread of misinformation, the Supreme Court has taken the approach of following the preferred positionbalancing theory which states that free speech is at the foundation of a free society and therefore must be protected. However, existing literature indicates that the marketplace of ideas theory is a method that can be used to combat misinformation. In conclusion, this manuscript takes a global approach and highlights strategies countries such as Amsterdam, Spain, and the Europe Union have implemented to combat the spread of false information

Ike Ejikeme*

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