The Future of Democracy – New Understanding of Free Speech and Responsibility?

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In the digital age, the mobilisation of societal groups via digital platforms, the rise of domestic violent extremism and the spread of polarisation have changed the fabric of democracy. This sparks a question regarding how to preserve the democratic values and maintain a civil conversation while respecting differences in our societies. It remains to be seen how far online manipulation can go and what is the role of social media companies in ensuring free speech without a risk of it becoming hate speech. Where is the distinction between legitimate social activism and disruptive manipulation aimed at distorting democratic processes? What should be the role of social media platforms and global actors and what happens if they disagree?