Free speech

Aug 14, 2018

Q. As you may be aware, there has been debate about whether or not social media platforms should be able to ban pages promoting views some people describe as hate speech.  Most recently, this has involved so-called Alt-Right speakers being banned from Facebook, Youtube, Apple and Spotify.  Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other  
Social media platforms should have to allow such people even if they don’t like what those people are saying, because those people have a right to free speech 32%   31% 35% 29% 40%  
An individual’s right to free speech doesn’t mean that social media sites must provide those individuals a platform to speak from. 48%   47% 49% 61% 49%  
Don’t know 20%   23% 16% 10% 11%  

32% agreed more with the statement that “social media platforms should have to allow such people . . . have a right to free speech”. Those most likely to support this statement were men (37%), aged under 35 (43%) and other party voters (40%).

Nearly half (48%) agreed more with the statement that the “right to free speech doesn’t mean that social media sites must provide . . . a platform”. Those most likely to support this statement were aged 55+ (57%) and Greens voters (61%).

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