Tackling online hate: Do we need a European Social Media Law?

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With the growing dominance of Social Media Platforms as means of everyday communication, questions and concerns connected with the spread of hate speech seem to have exploded.


The European Commission published a ‘Code of Conduct’ in 2016, in an attempt to limit online hate speech. It was drafted in order to guide the major social media companies in their endeavor to combat hate speech on their platforms. Already one year later, results show that progress has been made.


Germany though, as the first country in the EU, has recently passed legislation, which goes further than voluntary commitments. It legally obliges social media companies to take down illegal content and has stirred controversy over the issue of free speech.


The question arises, whether other countries should follow suit and if legislation should be passed on the EU level. If so, how should it look like?


Join us and our experts as we discuss these topical questions



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Registration & Light Lunch: 11:30h

Event: 12.00 – 13.30h


Kindly register for this event by 17 October 2017 at http://tinyurl.com/EUSocialMedia *


Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Av. de Cortenbergh, 1000 Brussels





Daniel Braun

Deputy Head of Cabinet for Vĕra Jourová

European Commission


Thomas Myrup Kristensen

Managing Director for EU Affairs and Head of Facebook’s Brussels Office



Suzette Bronkhorst

Secretary-General & Board Member

International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH)


Dr. Miłosz Hodun

Board member of Projekt: Polska Association





Caroline Margaux Haury

European Affairs Manager

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom





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