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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Free speech’

Pamela Geller: Free-Speech Issue Avoided by DC Metro Maneuver

Pamela Geller was not ready to give up after her “Draw Muhammed” contest in Texas turned ugly. When two jihadists showed up at the event, intending to kill people inside, they only wounded one security guard and were killed in the firefight. Since then, Pamela Geller has been on a jihad of her own to challenge those who would silence …

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Reminder: Facebook Doesn’t Owe You Free Speech

If you said something really controversial, or created an incredibly offensive page on Facebook, what’s the worst that could happen? In other words, what is Facebook’s recourse? It could block your content. It could remove your page. It could suspend your account. Facebook can’t throw you in jail. Facebook cannot violate your First Amendment rights to free speech because Facebook …

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Twitter Must Make It Harder to Be an Abuser, Says CEO

Twitter is aware that it has a problem with trolls and abusive content on the site. Twitter has taken and is currently taken steps to combat the seemingly endless amounts of abuse that some suffer on the network – but it’s clearly not enough. CEO Dick Costolo says that he takes full responsibility for this, and that Twitter must shift …

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Facebook Blocks ‘Insulting’ Pages on Muhammad in Turkey: Report

Apparently, Facebook isn’t going to fight the free speech battle today. According to multiple outlets, which cite both state reports and a source inside Facebook, the social network has blocked access to some pages inside Turkey. The move follows an order from a Turkish court. The pages in question were deemed “insulting” to Muhammed. Facebook does have a history of …

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Turkey Demands Facebook Block ‘Insulting’ Pages

Earlier this month, a day after the terroristic attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook and said he is committed to making sure his site is a place where people can “speak freely without fear of violence”. Well, what about the fear of a court order and a country-wide ban? A Turkish …

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Charlie Hebdo: Shy Press “Insulting The Citizenship”

Charlie Hebdo‘s editor in chief, Gérard Biard, went on Sunday’s Meet the Press to discuss the effect that the terrorist attacks on their office in Paris earlier this month have had on media. In addition to that, many wanted to compare Charlie Hebdo‘s strength in the aftermath to the seeming weakness of many other media outlets. After the attack, much …

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Facebook Smartly Adds Warnings to Graphic Videos

When it comes to dealing with violent and/or potentially offensive content, Facebook has made a lot of missteps. Now, the biggest social network in the world is looking to find a satisfactory medium between a completely hands-off approach and stifling gatekeeping that would (and has in the past) elicited cries of censorship. Facebook is beginning to show warnings on top …

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Why Facebook Will Never Be a Haven for Free Speech

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want to let extremists stifle your freedom to express yourself. That’s the takeaway from an eloquent post the Facebook CEO made on Friday regarding the terrorist attacks on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Here’s the post in its entirety: A few years ago, an extremist in Pakistan fought to have me sentenced to death because Facebook refused to …

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Regarding James Foley, Should Twitter Decide What You See?

Twitter is absolutely, one-hundred percent, within its right to remove whatever content they deem to be in violation of its rules and terms of service. Twitter can do this, and you’re not allowed to cry free speech! Twitter is not your government, and you are not guaranteed the right to freely express yourself on the social network. Twitter is a …

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Mom Banned from Facebooking About Kids, Hitler

If a judge orders, as part of a probation deal, that you must stop ranting about Hitler and your family on Facebook, you should probably take it seriously. An appellate court has ruled that banning a woman from posting about her family on Facebook is not an overbroad violation of her free speech rights, upholding a lower court’s decision. In …

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COPSLIE License Plate: Court Says Vanity Plate Must Be Allowed

Think that cops tend to be less than truthful and want to share that belief on a vanity license plate so you can inevitably be pulled over more often? Now you can if you live in New Hampshire, as the state Supreme Court ruled that the DMV must allow a license plate that reads “COPSLIE.” The request for the COPSLIE …

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Kent State Wrestler Suspended for Anti-Gay Tweets, So Of Course Free Speech Is Once Again Under Assault

Here’s your daily reminder that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. Kent State wrestler Sam Wheeler has been suspended indefinitely for making several anti-gay statements on Twitter. Like clockwork, this is bringing out the armchair constitutional lawyers who claim that this is an all-out assault on free speech. Duck Dynasty. #FreePhil. “I though we had free speech would …

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