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Markus Reuter (Germany)

Why the Struggle Against Hate Speech and Fake News is a Threat to Civil Liberties

Hate criminality and disinformation are threats to democracy. And yet governmental measures and new laws may restrict freedom of opinion and the press, thus themselves becoming anti-democratic. The talk presents an overview of hate speech, fake news and social bots in Germany, and it outlines the solution approaches to date plus their associated problems. 


Markus Reuter Markus Reuter | © Markus Reuter Markus Reuter is an editor at netzpolitik.org and is concerned with fundamental and civil rights as well as social movements. Among other topics, he writes about hate speech and censorship, fake news and social bots; in the framework of this topic area he has been invited twice as an expert to the German Parliament. Other focus areas include the transformation of culture and media, right-wing radical strategies in the internet, and the use of social media by governmental institutions, such as the police.
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