Big Tech Censorship: a threat to freedom?

Following Twitter’s decision to suspend Donald Trump from their platform, and the subsequent removal of “free speech” alternative Parler from the Google and Apple app stores, the debate over Big Tech and free speech has intensified.

Should private companies be free to censor users as they wish, or have the Silicon Valley tech giants abused their power? Would it be helpful to reconceptualise social media as a public utility? And how can we ensure free speech and open political discourse survives?

IEA Head of Media Emily Carver is joined by Sam Bowman, Director of Competition Policy at the International Centre for Law and Economics, Tom Slater, Deputy Editor of Spiked Online and Marc Glendening, the IEA’s new Head of Cultural Affairs.