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Online Community Values: Free Speech and Social Responsibility in Privately Owned Forums

This panel will explore increasingly common (and sometimes controversial) situations where digital companies must balance free speech, liberty, security and other interests of their users (along with the platform’s own right to speak and create an atmosphere that is representative of its corporate values) where the law doesn’t demand a particular action. This session will consider:

• How do we address the issue of filter bubbles and fake news?

• What policies might be adopted by platforms to assure that social media are open to diverse voices, even if they’re not necessarily popular voices or politically correct?

• What is the right way to balance free speech and protections against harassment, cyberbullying and hate speech? What tools have been successful in striking a balance?

Nabiha Syed, Assistant General Counsel, Buzzfeed (Moderator)
Elizabeth Banker, Associate General Counsel – Global Law Enforcement and Safety, Twitter
Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counter-terrorism, Facebook
Brittan Heller, Director of Technology and Society, Anti-Defamation League, Center for Technology and Society