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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Freedom of expression online

Communications and Digital Committee
Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)

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Committee discusses platforms and Online Safety Bill

The Communications and Digital Committee continues its inquiry into freedom of expression online as it seeks the views of senior Law Commission figures. The committee also explores independent perspectives on digital platforms with a former Google executive, and a law professor and former UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Commissioner for Criminal Law at Law Commission
Lead Lawyer (Protection of Official Data and Online Communications) at Law Commission
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
former Global Head of International Relations at Google
Clinical Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine

Likely questions and topics of discussion with the Law Commission include:

  • Has the Commission taken into account that the Online Safety Bill will require social media companies to decide what content is illegal?
  • Are you concerned that the Commission’s proposal to criminalise all speech intended to stir up hatred - even if not threatening, abusive, or insulting - could have a chilling effect on freedom of expression?

Likely questions and topics of discussion with Ross LaJeunesse and David Kaye include:

  • How do platforms’ business models shape their approach to freedom of expression?
  • Do the UK Government’s Online Harms proposals threaten freedom of expression?

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