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.
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?