Geoffrey Stone Discusses Upcoming Book on Proliferation of Problematic Speech Online

New book explores the spread and hazards of 'bad speech' on the internet and its risk to democracy

With the ubiquity of hate speech, disinformation campaigns, incitement to violence and other “bad speech” across the internet, some argue that, left unchecked, the very existence of democracy is at risk.

In their upcoming book, Social Media, Freedom of Speech and the Future of Our Democracy (August; Oxford University Press), two of America’s leading First Amendment scholars tap a high-profile cast of contributors to explore whether there is anything we can—or should—do about the proliferation of problematic speech online. We asked Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and his co-author, University of Chicago Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, about some of the findings, ideas and solutions from their book.

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