6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
Open to the public. Registration requested for individuals who aren’t Furman faculty, students, or staff.
Media and politics specialist Dr. Danielle Vinson hosts a conversation with Nu Wexler, communications strategist with experience at Google, Facebook, and Twitter and on Capitol Hill and Meliah Bowers Jefferson, attorney at Wyche, P.A., specializing in First Amendment law.
Over the last twenty years, social media and political polarization have combined to present new challenges to free speech in America. Legal free speech protections remain quite strong, and millions of users now choose to raise their voices on social media. At the same time, citizens across the political spectrum feel that their speech and even their very identities are under increasing threat from others, fueling newfound bipartisan interest in government regulation of social media companies and calling into question whether Americans are as committed to free speech in our politics and culture as we are in our laws. What is the relationship between social media and free speech today, and what might a wise policy future look like?