Free Speech

ADL passionately defends free speech in America, even hate speech. We recognize that the best answer to hate speech is not censorship, but more speech.

Free speech is under assault from the right and the left. One important battleground in the current fight for free speech is online. ADL’s pioneering work in cyberhate respects the rights of tech companies to implement their own policies regarding offensive content, and to look for effective strategies to promote counterspeech. Another venue is college campuses, where Jewish students often must find ways to counter hate speech.