Week 8: Media Law

Week 8: Media Law

Blog 7

By Philong Nguyen

One case that caught my eye, Elonis v. United States, primarily focused on social media and free speech over the internet. A recent case where a man in Pennsylvania said threats over Facebook brought up the question whether free speech is protected online. In the given event, anyone can say anything online and may not be true. This brought a problem to the prosecutors because anything posted online isn’t always acted on, and no matter what is said, most judges disagree on anything could ever happen.

In the case, the court decided that there was no proof that the lyrics online were directed towards the mans wife. There was no specific name, therefore not much could be able to be acted on. Free speech is allowed online, other than leaking confidential government information like Edward Snowden did, but in any other case, most is allowed on the internet.

Free speech is questionable when it comes to an action that could hurt someone because of the question is it true. There isn’t much credible source if something were to happen. I would believe so because I spend a lot of time online, and a lot of people say things that probably won’t happen, myself included. Many people threaten others over so many dumb things, they get into fights, roasts, and turmoils over many weird things. We can say what we want, and not many people can do anything about it.

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