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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Free speech’

Virginia Yelp Review Suit Goes To Trial

A little over a year ago, a Virginia judge ordered a Yelp user to change a negative review on the site. Jane Perez was sued by Dietz Development, a building contractor who claimed to have lost business because of her negative postings on the site (as well as on Angie’s List). He sued for $750,000, and claimed that he lost …

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Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers

Once again, the subject of free speech with regard to Yelp reviews has been brought up in court. A new decision has proven controversial because if the court is wrong (which is very possible due to an apparent lack of real evidence), Yelp users who chose to leave reviews anonymously will have heir identifies revealed for engaging in the practice …

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Tiger Mom – Another One Bites The Dust

What is it about the U.S. displaying such an uproar when someone voices their opinion on race, groups of people, religion, or politics? Isn’t this a country where “free speech” and individual opinion is acknowledged, encouraged and accepted? Free speech is what made this country great, and exactly what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Declaration …

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Don’t Fire Employees Over Facebook ‘Likes’

In the United States, Facebook likes are protected by the first amendment. Liking something on Facebook is the same as using your right to free speech to actually say, “I like this.” That means that employers should think twice before firing employees over something they “like”. This is what we learned from a federal court ruling on Wednesday. Do you …

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Is Facebook Getting ‘Freedom Of Expression’ Right?

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, have had enough. The aforementioned groups wrote an open letter to Facebook about the issue, and Facebook responded this week, …

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Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech?

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 boss, Sheriff B.J. Roberts, saw this, and then when Roberts won the election against Adams, Carter was fired. Carter claimed …

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Is Google Censoring Users Too Heavily?

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 swearing. In other words, Google Glass will not let you say whatever you want, and if this is really the …

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Here’s What Eric Schmidt Had To Say About Privacy And Free Speech This Week

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 on free speech, privacy and user-generated content, among other things.

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Muslims Protest Outside Google UK Headquarters Over “Innocence Of Muslims” [Video]

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 from YouTube. Some held signs saying, “Larry Page supports terrorism.” Here’s a video from the protest that has been uploaded …

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Should Facebook Likes Be Protected As Free Speech?

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 assertion in a brief filed in support of a Deputy Sheriff who was fired, he says, because he liked his …

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Facebook First Amendment Rights According To The ACLU

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 Carter of Hampton, Virginia), believes he was fired from his job over a Facebook like. As far as the court …

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Twitter Jokes About Blowing Up Airports: Now OK in the U.K.

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 your statements. A 28-year-old Northern Ireland man has won an appeal and had a prior conviction overturned by the High …

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