The Hate Debate

The Hate Debate

Update: 2017-11-0626


Should you be able to say and do whatever you want online? And if not, who should police this?

More Perfect hosts a debate at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space about online hate speech, fake news, and whether the First Amendment needs an update for the digital age.

The key voices:

  • Corynne McSherry, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Elie Mystal, executive editor at Above the Law and contributing legal editor at More Perfect

  • Ken White, litigator and criminal defense attorney at Brown White & Osborn LLP  he also runs

The key cases:

The key links:

Special thanks to Elaine Chen, Jennifer Keeney Sendrow, and the entire Greene Space team. Additional engineering for this episode by Chase Culpon, Louis Mitchell, and Alex Overington.

Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation. 

Watch the event below:


NOTE: Because of the topic for the night, this discussion includes disturbing images and language, such as religious, ethnic and gender slurs and profanity. We have preserved this content so that our audience can understand the nature of this speech.

ADDENDUM: During the debate one of debaters misspoke and said World War II when he meant World War I. The case he was referring to can be found here.

Comments (10)

Wendy Bruder

that one guy was super obnoxious. even if I agreed with him, he makes it hard to want to support him due to his arguing tactics.

May 15th

Andrew Stimpson Gee

One is loud the other is factual

May 3rd


this is the best episode from more perfect. I think there should be more of these debates on polarizing topics.

Mar 23rd
Reply (1)


Honestly, that debate was ill. I'm pretty used to debating, but facing the kind of rhetoric and showmanship that was taking place there I'd consider just standing up and leave.

Feb 12th

Brendan Lee

Ellie was overbearing in this episode. I'd love to hear some data and fact and less emotional diatribes from someone who is supposed to come across as a thoughtful lawyer.

Nov 9th
Reply (3)

Ben Davis

I want more debates! This was an amazing episode that spoke to my current thoughts about free speech.

Nov 7th
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