Identify the CSR model you employ and answer the following question: what responsibilities does Facebook, Google, or Twitter have for policing political advertisement placed on their platform?

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There are numerous models of corporate social responsibility (CSR), many of which are summarized in Kanji and Agrawal's article "Models of Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparison, Evolution and Convergence," linked below. One of the most commonly used is the pyramid model, the second of those discussed by Kanji and Agrawal. The pyramid has four layers, which are, from bottom to top, economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic responsibilities.

First comes the corporation's economic responsibility to its shareholders, to be profitable. Then there is its responsibility to obey the law. Its ethical responsibility is to act fairly and avoid harm. Finally, the corporation's philanthropic responsibility is actively to do good.

You then have to apply this model to the responsibilities Facebook, Google and Twitter have for policing political advertisement on their platform. Their primary duty to their shareholders is to ensure that this advertising does not harm their profits. They must then ensure that it complies with the law, then that it is not harmful or unfair. If it meets all these criteria, the advertising should be allowed.

Finally, the company can determine whether the advertising in question is an active philanthropic good. Even if it is not, however, the company does not have any responsibility to remove the advertising, since there is inherent utility in allowing free expression, as opposed to censoring political speech that complies with the other three responsibilities.

The considerations in other models of corporate social responsibility are often broadly similar to those of the pyramid model and are likely to lead to the same conclusions.

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