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The Apology From Benjamin Franklin That Predicted the Fight Over Falsehood and Hate on Social Media

In 1731, the polymath addressed the dilemmas of free exchange and the right to offend, in a tract that prefigures today’s debates involving figures such as Mark Zuckerberg and Alex Jones

Washington Post
Aug 8, 2018 · 5 min read
Benjamin Franklin’s print shop. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

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