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27 April 2021 - Freedom of expression online - Oral evidence

Committee Communications and Digital Committee
Inquiry Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Start times: 3:00pm (private) 3:00pm (public)

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Committee discusses freedom of expression online with social media platforms and publishers

The Communications and Digital Committee hears from Twitter and Facebook as well as publishers as part of its ongoing inquiry into freedom of expression online.

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Head of UK Public Policy at Twitter
UK Public Policy Manager at Facebook
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Chief Executive Officer at Hachette UK
Chair at Aitken Alexander Associates

Likely questions and areas of discussion with Twitter and Facebook include:

  • How can design features encourage civility?
  • To what extent are those who design and implement content moderation policies insulated from commercial and political pressures?
  • Will you be able to satisfy the Government’s proposed requirements on illegal and ‘legal but harmful’ content while protecting freedom of expression?

Likely questions and areas of discussion with David Shelley and Clare Alexander include:

  • How do publishers decide whether to censor or refuse to publish a book?
  • To what extent has ‘cancel culture’ affected publishing?
  • How do authors and publishers decide whether to accept censorship by authoritarian regimes?
  • What have been the consequences for freedom of expression and plurality of the rise in self-publishing?

Further information


Virtual meeting