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Social media bans free speech?

Twitter, instagram, Snapchat, etc. all familiar names to people living in and well connected and free liberated place. Here we all believe our first amendments are a must and should and possibly have been honored for years and years to come. With the newer developments of social media things like  sharing free speech, ideas and the right to expression have been more accessible than ever. That is until someone crosses the line and posts something that maybe be demeaning and hateful towards woman or the LGBTQ community or something of the sorts. Then what should those free speech and right to expression enthusiastic sites do. Ban those accounts that are discriminatory, preaching hate speech or releasing obscenic content? If so then were can they draw the line between accounts that are purposely hurting people and those who are actually exercise go their amendments. This poses a new question for our society, Do social media outlets (twitter, Snapchat, instagram,etc.) violate the right to free speech when banning or suspending accounts for hate speech?

It’s a very hard line to draw. Nonetheless, social media hinders free speech in one way or another. No matter where you stand on the line, left, right, center, you will see the effects. If people are using their right to free speech in a negative or abusive way then social media should have the right to ban or delete an account after at least one fair warning. Many areas of social media are having a difficult time drawing the line between what is acceptable and what is hurtful or even offensive to others. And to be completely fair anything can be deemed as offensive or hurtful in this day and age. Even schools are prohibiting the use of social media and even banning some accounts.

According to the District Administration, High Schools are trying to determine what is acceptable to permit in the classroom. The social media that they accept has to be permitted for educational purposes and not used inappropriately but students and/or teachers. The big idea for schools and social media is safety vs. free speech, which one is more important.

According to Daily Telegraph, Universities are even challenging violation on free speech. One University banned its Conservative Society’s social media accounts for bringing to light a survey highlighting that the University is “very intolerant of free speech”.

According to New York Times, twitter, a media outlet highly known for its free speech, has recently been banning certain accounts due to the usage of dehumanizing and hateful speech. Twitter has made multiple statements explaining their usage policies.

Overall I think one can see that social media has no way of protecting everyone from hateful speech without putting some sort of limitations of the first amendments. There really is no way to censor everything that everyone says, therefor people need to either not be so sensitive, be more respectful or not use social media. 


Works Cited

HarryYorke. “Students’ Union Bans Tories in Free Speech Row.” Daily Telegraph (London), Mar. 2017, p. 9. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=8Q2123134966&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Schachter, Ron. “Social Media Policy: Safety vs. Free Speech.” District Administration, vol. 49, no. 8, Aug. 2013, p. 48. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=103369527&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

CECILIA KANG, and KATE CONGER. “Inside the Struggle at Twitter Over What Warrants a Ban.” New York Times, vol. 167, no. 58051, 11 Aug. 2018, p. B1. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=131175628&site=ehost-live&scope=site.


Does Our Nation’s 1st Amendment Allow Whether False News Be Obliged In The U.S?

Our founding fathers, specifically Benjamin Franklin, once proposed this idea of “power of the press” post the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Franklin stated that the press had the highest judgment in public headlines, following that they also carried power in what he announced as “unofficial”. Another highly figure, Thomas Jefferson, believed that freedom be given to the press in exchange for their gratitude in being governed on a higher hierarchy. Though Jefferson stated that the 1st Amendment be abused and falsely cooperated, judgement will find its course and eventually do it’s bidding.

In today’s society, the press or media, have been more complex through the game of politics, trends, and etc. But looking deeper, there has been a more increasingly amount of websites posting fake news on their page to shape society’s beliefs. When Donald Trump had won the 2016 election in January, there was an immediate rush of news outlets saying that Trump’s team had hacked their way through victory against the higher popular vote of Hillary Clinton. Going up against fake news on social media platforms like Facebook, according to the New York Times, Facebook’s policy chooses what content they allowed published on their website. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is finding ways to detect and capture fake news on their platform, however, Mark Zuckerberg believes that allowing freedom of speech is also an important asset when it comes to the people’s voices on the website whether that’s fake news in the mix.

A last thought comes from Clare Fletcher, a journalist who writes about freedom of speech and fakes news combined. Clare simply puts that fake news violates our freedom of speech, in which if fake news was censored by the government, it would be a pure violation to the Constitution. My conclusions is that fake news is simply an expression that’s meant to change the perceptions of a populated group, for which freedom of speech does protect, however to what degree?

“The Pro-Free Speech Way To Fight Fake News – The Walkley Magazine – Medium.” Medium. N. p., 2018. Web. 1 Oct. 2018.
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Solution To Fake News: It’S Called The First Amendment.” The Heritage Foundation. N. p., 2018. Web. 1 Oct. 2018.

Is social media restricting your freedom of speech?

Should social media be able to restrict what you post? I think to some extent, social media should be able to control what some people post. There always is that fine line in social media of what is acceptable to post and what isn’t. If their post can be offensive to a group of people the post should be taken down. For example, saying you don’t like an actor because they’re Muslim. If someone expresses their hatred towards a person about things that they’ve done that doesn’t threaten the person that the post is about, then it’s fine. An example would be, I don’t like ______ because they said _______ about ________.

In the past two months, there has been a big debate in the Marvel community on whether James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, should be rehired after a ton of disrespectful tweets arose from ten years ago. Everyone in the cast from Guardians of the Galaxy posted a letter in support for rehiring James Gunn despite the tweets. However, Disney made a statement that they weren’t going to rehire him. Many of James Gunn’s tweets from ten years ago were about rape and pedophilia which makes sense why Disney fired him since they’re a very family-friendly business.

The pro to having social media restricting what you say is that people being “exposed” for what they said in the past won’t bite them in the butt in the future. There is also a con to having social media restrict what you say. Many conservatives on social media feel as if censorship is a bad thing. Professor Eric Gander states in Gretel Kauffman’s article Twitter Bars Alt-Right Accounts, “…individuals who are liberal are really not committed to liberal values, they’re committed to censorship.” Now I agree with the fact of social media can’t just altogether ban alt-righters from saying what they believe, it’s just when some of their beliefs offend a group of people by being racist, sexist, etc. Social media’s platform should be as neutral as it can without restricting others rights because they don’t have the typical liberal views, but also keeping in mind one’s limits to not offend people.

Free Expression on Social Media

Google, Facebook, and Twitter are social media companies that have people express their free speech on accounts or in search results. To contrast, Google has been struggling with free speech since 2006 from companies that expecting to see their websites at the top of the results instead wound up a few spots or are on the second page. So, the companies are filing antitrust lawsuits arguing that Google was manipulating its results to favor certain companies and stifle competition. But, Google been on a winning streak with the conventional wisdom around the notion that search results count as free speech. To add, Harvard Law School’s Noah Feldman added about Twitter, “there’s no right to free speech on Twitter and the only rule that Twitter Inc. gets to decide who speaks and listens–which is right under the First Amendment”. To agree with Noah on this many people post, tweet, and snap their opinion all the time, but whatever social media site people are on those companies can influence on what you hear and listen to. An example is Facebook, they explicitly ban hate speech and they delete about 66,000 hate speech posts a month worldwide.


Work Cited:

Caplan, L., Simonite, T., Griffith, E., Thompson, N., Matsakis, L., Matsakis, L. and Matsakis, L. Caplan, Lincoln et al. “Should Facebook And Twitter Be Regulated Under The First Amendment?.” WIRED, 2018, https://www.wired.com/story/should-facebook-and-twitter-be-regulated-under-the-first-amendment/.

Stern, Mark. “Google Says Search Results Are Free Speech. That’S Not Entirely Crazy. .” Slate Magazine, 2018, http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/11/are_google_results_free_speech_protected_by_the_first_amendment.html.

Be Careful What you Post: Freedom of Speech and Social Media in the Workplace

Essential Question: Is inappropriate use of social media protected by the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment?

When you hear the words “Freedom of Speech”, you automatically think that you are allowed to say anything, anytime, or anywhere. Most people think that their social media posts are protected by the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment. However, this is not the case for all employees in the work setting. Inappropriate posting on social media by employees is actually one of the biggest controversies surrounding the First Amendment.

If an employee posts something degrading on social media during working hours about their employer or coworker, they can be laid off. In contrast, if the employee was to do the same thing outside of work, they would actually be protected by the First Amendment. This is where the controversy comes in. According to the CNBC article How Using Social Media can get you Fired, 28% of employees were fired for inappropriate social media use in 2015. Additionally, in the USA Today article Social Media Free Speech Rights Complicated for Workers, a librarian in Minnesota was fired for criticizing her job outside of work on Facebook. Her posts were public, and her workplace found out. The librarian appealed that library violated her First Amendment right of freedom of speech. The former librarians appeal was not passed, and the decision stood because the library actually set a social media policy in place that the librarian agreed to when she applied for the job. Today, many workplaces are creating social media policies for their companies to make sure their workers know their boundaries when posting on social media, both inside and outside the workplace. Hopefully, these social media contracts will help prevent future situations of social media misconduct in the workplace.

Overall, many people take this part of the First Amendment for granted. Employees think that it is alright to bash their job after they get off work. Not only is this extremely unprofessional, but it also makes your employer look bad. When you have a job, think before you post.


Works Cited

Marohn, Kristi. “Social Media Free Speech Rights Complicated for Workers.” USA Today, 7 July 2013, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/07/07/free-speech-rights-on-social-media-complicated-for-workers/2495721/.

Rapacon, Stacy. “How Using Social Media Can Get You Fired.” CNBC, CNBC, 5 Feb. 2016, http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/05/how-using-social-media-can-get-you-fired.html

If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Read It


Over the last 15 years, social media has become apart of our everyday lives; a place where everyone and anyone can post pictures, videos, opinions, and ideas.  Social media is the place where you and I post things for others to see, and a way we communicate with people we don’t get to see everyday. We post our thoughts and opinions for the world to see, but is there such thing as going too far? Well apparently Twitter thinks so. Twitter, along with other massive social media websites has been banning and deleting people’s accounts because their opinions are seen as offensive to others. Owen S.Good claims, “You don’t have a right to do anything on Twitter. You have privileges there, granted by the people who created and operate the service. The assumption that Twitter should tolerate, enable or defer in its policies to those who claim their conduct is political or protected expression is absurd”. On the other hand, many people say that social media banning is contradicting our rights. The First Amendment states that we the people are granted freedom of expression, in other words, the right to express our ideas, thoughts, opinions, virtually anything we want!

I personally find it unbelievable that people are being blocked on social media for what they say. I understand if it is physically causing problems, and/or causing someone to get hurt, but just for someone expressing their opinions is absurd. However I don’t think they should be able to ban anyone. First off, you decide to follow that person. If they post something you don’t like, unfollow them. A solution is simply don’t read it, but if you choose to read something don’t get butthurt if it offends you. It’s their right to post their opinions and views. You also have the right to decide whether to read it or not. If it’s offensive, DON’T READ IT!  Also, I believe if social media is going to ban someone for posting something offensive, they need to ban everyone who has done something similar. For example, Donald Trump needs to be banned because he has singled out multiple people on social media, and it is offensive. I personally don’t follow him and don’t care, but if they are going to treat everyone equally why does he get away with it?