Who Should Regulate Free Speech Online?

The panellists review current and proposed efforts to monitor, regulate and curate content online.

Members event, Panel Recording
27 June 2019 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

In recent years, big tech has come under intense criticism for the range of ways in which its digital platforms are used to spread extreme messages and abusive content. Social media companies, in particular, have struggled to develop and enforce appropriate community standards to address issues ranging from the proliferation of hate speech, incitement to cause harm and a rise in xenophobic, racist and sexist language in online interactions.

  • Who should define what sort of speech constitutes disinformation, hatred and violence on social media and how?

  • What are the risks associated with private companies developing their own decision-making frameworks for content-removal?

  • And to what extent can big tech set the rules for online content standards and safeguarding interactions in an inclusive and democratic manner without shifting responsibility to external parties?

This event is part of Chatham House’s Digital Society Initiative (DSI) which brings together policy and technology communities to help forge a common understanding and jointly address the challenges that rapid advances in technology are causing domestic and international politics.


Dhruv Ghulati, Founder and CEO, Factmata

Brent Harris, Director of Global Affairs, Facebook

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Professor of Political Communication, University of Oxford

Chair: Harriet Moynihan, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House; Visiting Research Fellow, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford

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