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

Communications and Digital Committee
Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 13 April 2021

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

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Committee hears from Competition and Markets Authority and legal experts

The Communications and Digital Committee continues its inquiry into freedom of expression online as it takes evidence from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) about its work on digital markets. The committee also explores the Online Safety Bill with legal experts.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Senior Director of Markets at Competition and Markets Authority
Director at Competition and Markets Authority
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Professor of Internet Law at School of Law, University of Essex
Professor of Law, Department of Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science

Likely questions and topics of discussion with the CMA include:

  • What steps is the CMA taking to promote competition in digital markets?
  • How can the Digital Markets Unit (DMU) best promote competition in the social media market and competition in the search engine market?
  • What is your assessment of the Australian mandatory news bargaining code and related developments in other countries?

Likely questions and topics of discussion with Professor Lorna Woods and Professor Andrew Murray include:

  • What is your view on the Government’s proposed definition of legal but harmful content and the approach platforms would be required to take to it?
  • Can any regime from which journalists need to be protected be compatible with users’ freedom of expression?
  • Are you concerned that the global reach of the legislation will lead to some smaller companies blocking access to their platforms from the UK?

Further information


Virtual meeting