View Full Version : Supreme Court case tests the limits of free speech on Facebook

11-24-2014, 05:39 PM
By Robert Barnes (http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/robert-barnes) November 23 at 6:00 PM

About a week after Tara Elonis persuaded a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say:
“Fold up your PFA [protection-from-abuse order] and put it in your pocket
Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”
Anthony Elonis didn’t deliver the message in person, by phone or in a note. Instead, he posted it on his Facebook page, for all to see, in a prose style reminiscent of the violent, misogynistic lyrics of rap artists he admired.

11-24-2014, 06:02 PM
I dunno. This could go either way. On one hand, there is a matter of free speech, but this was about 2 parties that knew each other and there was sufficient evidence of a threat from one to the other.

11-24-2014, 07:45 PM
The complete misunderstanding about free speech is that while you have a right to say what you want, you also have to know that there are consequences for what you say. This is why you can't yell fire in a crowded theater. So a threat over facebook should be just as irresponsible as in person or the phone.

11-24-2014, 07:56 PM
Regardless of free speech, that is a terroristic threat and that is illegal.

11-25-2014, 11:36 PM
Regardless of free speech, that is a terroristic threat and that is illegal.

What he said ^^^^^^^^^

11-26-2014, 11:27 AM
We all need to vent in some fashion. Just don't hit RETURN after everything you type. The delete key is your friend. Sometimes using Word or Notepad works too.