Are threats made online protected language?

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – When our forefathers created the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech, they didn’t have to consider what’s said online.

Unlike the spoken word, language online can be misinterpreted and can lead to major issues. This fall, the Supreme Court plans to look at if threats made online are considered protected language or can be held against someone in court.

This comes after a federal appeals court rejected a claim that a man was protected under the First Amendment when he posted violent rants online against his ex-wife.

Bernadette Beaudry-Zielinski of Agawam said, “I think it should go on by a case-by-case basis. I think it should, because every situation is different.”

The Supreme Court’s decision on this will also set precedents for how social media can be used in trials.

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