Madeline D.

asked • 12/10/20

If an online threat towards someone specific makes that person feel as if their life is in danger or causes a negative affect towards that person, if that threat protected by free speech?

*not real people

Let's say Steve posts a graphically violent message towards Stacy on social media. If that posts causes Stacy to feel threatened or feel as if her life is in danger, is Steve's post protected by free speech?

Judith M.

More information is needed to answer this question. Are the people attending a public school? The courts at all levels have provided mixed messages on the role of the first amendment and free speech. Keep in mind that "hate" speech is not free speech. The law is very nuanced.


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Read C. answered • 12/10/20

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