Sun, 21 Jul|
Soapbox Sunday: Does everybody need a platform?
Time & Location
21 Jul 2019, 16:00
Rumi's Cave, Carlton Vale, London NW6 5HG, UK
About The Event
Does everyone need a platform?
Has freedom of speech gone too far?
Freedom of speech is the concept of the inherent human right to voice one's opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment. "Speech" is not limited to public speaking and is generally taken to include other forms of expression.
However governments have an obligation to prohibit hate speech and incitement. And restrictions can also be justified if they protect specific public interest or the rights and reputations of others.
The laws that define websites like Facebook as free from responsibility for the content posted on them have long been seen as what makes the internet’s growth and accessibility possible. That freedom, for the first big online communities, like and was the freedom to invite everyone on the internet to have a voice. But as those rules come under closer scrutiny, the confidence in them appears to be crumbling away.
In response to these issues, the phrase “platform responsibility” is now being thrown around by academics, campaigners, governments and even the United Nations. We ask these questions and more at this months soapbox, join us and express your opinion. All welcome.