All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Free speech’

Man Who Wrote ‘F*ck the F*cking Cops’ on Facebook Gets $35,000 After Wrongful Arrest

Man Who Wrote ‘F*ck the F*cking Cops’ on Facebook Gets $35,000 After Wrongful Arrest

First amendment protections of free speech don’t just protect polite speech. If you need a reminder of this, look no further than the case of a Wisconsin man who was just awarded $35,000 after he was arrested and convicted of a handful of crimes for using a few four-letter words to describe how he felt about his local police department. …

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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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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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Girl Who Tweeted The Names Of Her Rapists Faces Jail Time [UPDATED]

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, it’s the alleged victim in a legal case that’s taking heat for her Twitter activity. Seventeen-year-old Savannah Dietrich of Louisville, …

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Naked TSA Protest: Oregon Judge Says Go For It

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. That way there’s absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that you’re a law-abiding citizen. Just make sure you tell them …

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United Nations Changes Its Mind, Now Favors Internet Freedom

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 the hands of a multi-national governmental organization instead of the current NGO multi-stake holder approach. The UN taking control could …

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These Massachusetts Protesters Will Cuss If They Wanna and Bans Be Damned

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 today some disapproving residents (and at least one non-resident) of the anti-profanity measure rallied to voice their opposition in the …

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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 of Illinois could legally record police officers who are performing their public duties. The court case was filed by the …

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