Next week, the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a First Amendment case that reviews the battle regarding when speeches on Facebook posts and other social media outlets are in violation of the law.
The appeal, which is up for arguments next week, showcases a perplexing issue courts have been struggling to settle, and it does so when what people can say reaches a larger audience through social media. While social media firms have rules in handling separate speeches over the internet, the results may affect people who express themselves on such social platforms.
Advocates of free speech say the constitution allows people to express themselves, and that such ruling would chill speech on social media and elsewhere.
The Justice Department is saying the worry of restricting legitimate speech is overblown.
While Facebook isn’t indicated in the case, the firm is keeping tabs on the case. Today’s federal protects online social media firms from statements made by its users.