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Panel to Explore Social Media and Free Speech

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The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement  invites you to a panel on “Social Media and Free Speech” on Wednesday, May 2, 12-1:30 p.m. at the Texas Union, Santa Rita Room (UNB 3.502).

The panel will explore the following questions: Does the First Amendment apply to social media? After all, the First Amendment protects individuals from government censorship, but social media platforms are owned by private companies. Does censorship take new forms in our digital age? Is speech on social media platforms protected at all?


Moderator:  Leonard Moore, interim vice president for diversity and community engagement; George Littlefield Professor of American History


  • Matt Largey, managing editor and reporter, KUT
  • Craig Watkins, professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film
  • Sharon Strover, professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film; director, Technology and Information Policy Institute
  • Juanita Budd, executive director, Austin Free-Net

Lunch will be provided. For more information or if you prefer an accommodation, please call 512-471-3212. RSVP online.