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

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

By Josh Wolford February 11, 2014 | 13 Comments

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 …

Is Facebook Getting 'Freedom Of Expression' Right? Is Facebook Getting 'Freedom Of Expression' Right?
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Facebook has recently taken some heat over its approach to content on the social network that depicts, glorifies and/or trivializes violence against women. Groups like Women, Action and The Media, The Everyday Sexism Project, and no doubt countless other individuals, …

Is A Facebook Like An Act Of Free Speech? Is A Facebook Like An Act Of Free Speech?
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Last year, a Virginia judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not protected by the First Amendment. The story goes like this: Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia “liked” the page of “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.” Carter’s …

Is Google Censoring Users Too Heavily? Is Google Censoring Users Too Heavily?
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Now that the chosen few have had time to play around for Google Glass for a bit, many are noticing some unexpected restrictions. Specifically, the voice-to-text system, which is the primary way to interact with the device, does not accept …

Eric Schmidt On Privacy And Free Speech Eric Schmidt On Privacy And Free Speech
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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt spoke with Reuters West Coast Bureau Chief Jonathan Weber at the RAND Corp.’s Politics Aside conference in California on Monday. The conversation is about a half hour long, and goes into YouTube and Google’s policies …

Muslims Protest Outside Google UK Headquarters Muslims Protest Outside Google UK Headquarters
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On Sunday, thousands of Muslims (around 3,500 according to The Huffington Post, but more like 10,000 according to The Telegraph) gathered in protest outside of Google’s London HQ over the company’s refusal to remove the controversial Innocence Of Muslims film …

Facebook Argues That Likes Are Free Speech Facebook Argues That Likes Are Free Speech
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Is clicking the “like” button on Facebook, something millions of users do dozens of times every single day, an act of protected free speech? According to the purveyors of the like button, yes, it most certainly is. Facebook makes this …

ACLU Weighs In On Facebook First Amendment Rights ACLU Weighs In On Facebook First Amendment Rights
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Back in May, a federal judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not considered speech that can be protected by the First Amendment. You can read more background on the story here, but basically, a man (Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray …

Man Wins Appeal For Twitter Bomb Joke Man Wins Appeal For Twitter Bomb Joke
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If you’re traveling around the U.K. and something pisses you off so much that you jokingly tweeting that you’re going to blow an airport “sky high” – have no fear. That’s because there is now precedent for the legality of …

Girl Who Tweeted Names Of Her Rapists Faces Jail Girl Who Tweeted Names Of Her Rapists Faces Jail
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As we’ve seen in the past, social media can add some complications to the normal flow of legal proceedings. In recent months, we’ve seen court cases wind up declared mistrials because of the social media activity of jury members. Now, …

Naked TSA Protest: Oregon Judge Says Go For It Naked TSA Protest: Oregon Judge Says Go For It
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Naked TSA protest: The next time you feel the folks at the Transportation Security Administration are getting a little too frisky with their pat-down inspection, take off all of your clothes and show them you have nothing whatsoever to hide. …

Online Free Speech A Basic Human Right Says UN Online Free Speech A Basic Human Right Says UN
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The United Nations has been in a funny place for a while now in regards to the Internet. By funny, of course, I mean terrifying. There has been talk of the UN pushing for the Internet to be put in …

Massachusetts Protesters Will Cuss If They Wanna Massachusetts Protesters Will Cuss If They Wanna

Earlier this month, the town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, passed an ordinance declaring public use of cuss words a punishable offense worthy of a $20 fine. As you can imagine, there were people who took issue with this new ordinance and …

ACLU Declares Victory In Police Recording Case ACLU Declares Victory In Police Recording Case

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois has declared victory in a court case involving Illinois’ eavesdropping statute. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit this week overturned a trial court decision and ruled that the ACLU …

Google Report Claims Free Speech Protections Google Report Claims Free Speech Protections
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In a new report commissioned by Google that examines the scope of free speech that should be permitted to search engines, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who authored the report, says that search engines should be regarded as media companies, …

Your Facebook Likes Might Get You Fired Your Facebook Likes Might Get You Fired

The next time you feel the overwhelming desire to express your thoughts and opinions through what you “like” on Facebook, keep in mind that others may not feel the same way. In fact, should you irritate the wrong person, you …

New Middle East Web Legislation: Advocates Worry New Middle East Web Legislation: Advocates Worry

Proposed legislation on the table in both Iraq and Lebanon has free speech and human rights watch groups on alert. The proposed laws — which deals with press freedom and online publishing — could use draconian methods and punishments to …