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The suspect in the Oct. 27 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, leaving 11 dead and 6 injured, called Jews "the children of Satan" in his bio.

Other examples of online hate speech are all too easy to find.:

- White supremacists used the Discord chat platform to plan logistics at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. 

- The Pizzagate conspiracy theory gained steam on Reddit.

- Pornographic images of Muslims floated on Facebook for years in an anti-Rohingya campaign in Myanmar.

The owners of social media sites and hosting platforms are moving against such hate speech, but is it far enough, fast enough? 

What are the limits of their ability to respond? Should we rely on private-business owners, not the law, to draw the line between hate speech and free speech? Where is the line that we can live with?

Dr. Jennifer Lambe

​Dr. Jennifer Lambe

Dr. Jenny Lambe, a nationally known First Amendment scholar and an associate professor in UD's Department of Communication, will offer a look at where the law stands on hate speech and lead a conversation on where we go from here. 

Join us for a special Front Page Cafe at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Deer Park Tavern. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. 

The event is sponsored by the Journalism Program and the departments of Communication and English. It is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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​How far can hate speech go? Social media seem to push the boundary every day. Dr. Jenny Lambe will lead a Front Page Cafe conversation about where First Amendment law is headed.

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