From hate speech to fake news: is there too much freedom of speech?

Saturday 25 November, 15:0016:30, University of Applied Sciences Europe, Dessauer Str. 3-5, 10963, BerlinBattle of Ideas Europe


This session is part of 25 years of Novo: The Freiraum Congress, a day of debates covering politics, freedom and the future of society.

Many people are concerned about the style of online debates and media, with offensive comments and fictitious stories, masquerading as news, circulating widely. The federal minister of justice, Heiko Maas, wants to combat hatred, right-wing ideology and hoaxes on the internet in order to preserve an open exchange of ideas. On the other hand, many civil rights activists regard his Network Enforcement Act, which means social media companies could face huge fines for failing to remove ‘hate speech’, as a massive attack on freedom of speech. Which side is right? Who should decide what we can say and read online? What does freedom of speech mean in these turbulent times?