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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?