Offensive Speech

A 3D-printed YouTube icon is seen in front of a displayed YouTube logo in this illustration taken October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Ilustration

YouTube Bans Extremist Content

YouTube announced that it’s banning extremist videos that promote white supremacy, neo-Nazi ideology, and conspiracy theories. In a blog post, YouTube said its new policy would ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion.” The changes to YouTube’s hate speech policy comes after it was criticized for refusing to ban videos of a right-wing content creator, Steve Crowder, who’d been harassing a Vox journalist Carlos Maza, by repeatedly using racist and homophobic language in his videos.

June 6, 2019 Below the Fold, Offensive Speech
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk speaks with Los Angeles Mayor Ken Garcetti (unseen) in a "fireside chat" at the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot

Citing First Amendment Rights, Musk Seeks To Dismiss Defamation Suit

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is asking a judge to dismiss a libel claim against him brought by a British diver involved in the international rescue mission of young boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, arguing that his Tweets calling the diver a “pedo” and “child rapist” were an opinion and could not be construed as facts.

January 2, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel, Offensive Speech
FILE PHOTO: Alex Jones from speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

War of Words: Alex Jones Removed, Banned From Major Content Platforms

For an in depth examination of Alex Jones and the Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits, click on the link below: September 6, 2018: Last holdout: Twitter Finally Permanently Bans Alex Jones, InfoWars Accounts Alex Jones and InfoWars Twitter accounts have been permanently removed from the platform following a live-streamed confrontation on Periscope between CNN’s Oliver Darcy and Alex Jones on Capital[Read More…]

Is The ACLU Retreating On Free Speech? The Controversy and Debate

Is The ACLU Retreating On Free Speech? The Controversy and Debate

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-partisan civil rights organization, has recently been criticized for allegedly retreating from their stance on free expression, as a result of a leaked memo outlining the adoption of new case selection guidelines. A vigorous debate regarding the balance of free speech ideals with the values of equality played out in the pages of[Read More…]

Georgia Court Rules Teacher Cannot Challenge Suspension Over Facebook Comments

Georgia Court Rules Teacher Cannot Challenge Suspension Over Facebook Comments

June 11, 2018: Tifton Teacher Eyeing Supreme Court According to her attorney, Kelly Tucker plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case. June 4, 2018: Georgia Supreme Court Says Teacher Suspension Stands, But Considers Free Speech Ramifications The Supreme Court of Georgia upheld a Court of Appeals decision that a teacher could not sue over a suspension[Read More…]

June 7, 2018 Offensive Speech, Speech, Top Stories
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FAW’s Stephen Solomon Joins Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Others To Discuss Hate Speech

March 29, 2018: National Constitution Center Hosts U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Constitutional Scholars Including FAW’s Stephen Solomon in a Discussion on Hate Speech  First, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen engages in a wide-ranging conversation between U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Then, a discussion on the First Amendment includes the following featured speakers: Jud Campbell,[Read More…]

March 30, 2018 Offensive Speech, Speech, Top Stories
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Knight First Amendment Institute: From the Heckler’s Veto to the Provocateur’s Privilege

Reprinted with Permission From Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University Emerging Threats series invites leading thinkers to identify and grapple with newly arising or intensifying structural threats to the system of free expression. “It is now widely believed,” Frederick Schauer observes in a new essay, “that restricting the speaker on account of the actual or predicted hostile and potentially violent reaction[Read More…]

March 2, 2018 Below the Fold, Offensive Speech, Speech
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Emotional Distress: “Outrageousness” Has an Inherent Subjectiveness

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress A satiric attack on Jerry Falwell, a Baptist pastor and founder of the conservative group, the Moral Majority, resulted in a major Supreme Court opinion protecting the First Amendment rights of satirists to deliver commentary mocking public figures in America. Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler Magazine, initiated the conflict in 1983 when he published[Read More…]

October 10, 2017 Legal Cases, Libel, Offensive Speech
Supreme Court Affirms Hate Speech Protected

Supreme Court Affirms Hate Speech Protected

June 19, 2017: Supreme Court and the “Freedom to Express ‘the thought that we hate’” First Amendment expert, Eugene Volokh writes that in Matal v. Tam, also known as the “Slants” case, the “justices made clear that speech that some view as racially offensive is protected not just against outright prohibition but also against lesser restrictions.” For example, Justice Samuel Alito[Read More…]

June 21, 2017 Offensive Speech, Speech, Top Stories