‘Blurring the (on)line: Hate Speech and Free Speech in the Digital Age’

6th February 2018

‘Blurring the (on)line: Hate Speech and Free Speech in the Digital Age’

February, 2018

The APPG Against Antisemitism, in association with the Antisemitism Policy Trust, held an event in Parliament to discuss the surge of online hate speech and the remit of free speech. The panel discussed, among many issues: the responsibility of social media companies, the prevalence of Holocaust denial material, the role of education in reducing hate content, and the effectiveness of legislation and prosecution in tackling online hate.

Welcome: John Mann MP (Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism)

Keynote address: Margot James MP (Minister of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

Chair: Preet Gill MP

Speakers: David Baddiel, Karim Palant (Facebook, UK Public Policy Manager), Baljit Ubhey OBE (CPS, Director of Prosecution Policy and Inclusion), Dr Dave Rich (CST, Head of Policy/Deputy Director of Communications)

Closing remarks: Danny Stone MBE

Parliamentarians in attendance: Lord Paddick, Lord Ouseley, Christine Jardine MP, Tommy Sheppard MP, Chris Davies MP, Lord Russell of Liverpool.

Also in attendance were representatives from: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Home Office; Department for Education; Crown Prosecution Service; Committee on Standards in Public Life; Internet Providers; NGOs

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