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#Free Speech Online

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UPDATE: The Online Safety Act is now law. Together, we forced the Government to drop plans which would have caused the censorship of “legal but harmful” speech but plans to scan our conversations & give state-backing to Big Tech’s T&Cs will cement this Bill as a censor's charter. Join us today to keep up the fight for privacy and free speech.

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Internet and social media companies are the public squares of the modern-day. But our online public spheres are at risk.

The Government has passed a censor’s charter, the Online Safety Act. It seeks to regulate social media companies by forcing them to monitor and censor social networks more than ever.

This Act is disastrous for privacy rights and free expression online. Measures in the Act involve:

  • new powers that give state-backing to Big Tech’s censorious terms and conditions

  • forcing tech companies to scan private conversations by undermining encryption, the technology that safeguards privacy

  • monitoring all online communication risking censorship of marginalised voices and controversial opinions

The State of Free Speech Online Report

In 2021, we published a groundbreaking report exposing the scale of Big Tech censorship and warning against the Government's Online Safety Bill. The report maps the impact of Big Tech’s corporatisation of speech standards and the Government’s disastrous plans for curbing online expression even more.

Read the report:

What we want

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Three ways you can protect #FreeSpeechOnline:


Write to your MP

The Government must remove requirements that target lawful speech from the Online Safety Bill. Take action today, email your MP.

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We’re collecting evidence on social media censorship. If you, or someone/a group you know, have been affected by unfair platform rules, bans or deletions, please tell us about it.

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Research and policy briefings

You can read our parliamentary briefings on regulating internet platforms in 2018 and beyond here: