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Twitter Steps Up Speech Police

Twitter Steps Up Speech Police

Can Twitter effectively monitor its site to dismantle the spread of toxic content? What does that mean for free speech?

October 18, 2017 Top Stories
Controversial Speaker Causes Florida Governor to Declare State of Emergency

Controversial Speaker Causes Florida Governor to Declare State of Emergency

October 16, 2017: When a Campus Speaker Stokes Panic  In August, Richard Spencer was at the center of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thursday he is set to speak at the University of Florida and Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in advance of his visit. The University’s $500,000 security plan will be bolstered by[Read More…]

October 16, 2017 Top Stories
Criticism Escalates Over President Trump’s Threats To Revoke Network Licenses

Criticism Escalates Over President Trump’s Threats To Revoke Network Licenses

October 17, 2017: FCC Chair Stands By First Amendment In a rebuke to President Trump’s threats to revoke broadcast licenses, FCC Chair Ajit Pai said at telecom law event, “The FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment, and under the law the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on[Read More…]

October 12, 2017 News Gathering, Top Stories
ESPN Anchor Suspended for Repeated Controversial Tweets

ESPN Anchor Suspended for Repeated Controversial Tweets

When is a tweet a fireable offense? ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been posting comments that have come under increasing scrutiny. Under Connecticut law, ESPN is bound by First Amendment principles of freedom of speech. The network’s recent suspension of Hill for her latest tweets may be an employer stating an employee violated social media guidelines or an action that can be challenged in court.

October 9, 2017 Top Stories
The Supreme Court Considers First Amendment Arguments in Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court Considers First Amendment Arguments in Gerrymandering Case

It’s only a few days into the new Supreme Court session and the exchanges have already become heated. There is much at stake in one of the first cases to be heard, Gill v. Whitford, a challenge to the redistricting plan passed by Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature in 2011 which led to significant Democratic losses in the 2012 Wisconsin State Assembly elections. Will the court ban extreme gerrymandering? What is the First Amendment impact?

October 5, 2017 Top Stories
New Poll Says Trust in the Fourth Estate Growing

New Poll Says Trust in the Fourth Estate Growing

Reporters have had a tumultuous time under the new administration: called out as fake news, personally maligned and thwarted in their reporting. Trust in the news media plummeted as a result. Now there may be a turnaround according to a new poll in which Americans say the press doing its job well. Will the administration agree?

October 4, 2017 Top Stories
Can Your Employer Fire You Over Your Social Media Post?

Can Your Employer Fire You Over Your Social Media Post?

Harsh words, trolling, divisiveness – social media platforms are battlegrounds that are proving difficult to navigate. Public and private employers are increasingly looking at exactly what their employees are saying and what they can do about it.

October 2, 2017 Top Stories
Department of Justice Wants Anti-Trump Facebook User Information

Department of Justice Wants Anti-Trump Facebook User Information

The Justice Department has requested Facebook provide information on activists involved with the “DisruptJ20” protests which occurred during President Trump’s inauguration. The American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that the request not only chills free speech, but also gives the DPJ unfettered access to thousands of personal records.

September 29, 2017 Top Stories
Free Speech Defender? Attorney General Enters Campus Free Speech Debate

Free Speech Defender? Attorney General Enters Campus Free Speech Debate

At an invitation-only event at Georgetown University law school, Attorney General Jeff Sessions jumped into the debate over campus speech by stating that the First Amendment had suffered from “political correctness and homogeneous thought” and that “a national recommitment to free speech on campus” was needed. While some applauded the administration’s commitment to free speech, protestors rallied against attacks on the First Amendment by the administration.

September 27, 2017 Campus Speech, Top Stories
Players Who Sit Out National Anthem Under Fire by President Trump

Players Who Sit Out National Anthem Under Fire by President Trump

Over the weekend, President Trump took aim at players who have more explicitly over the past year taken to kneeling, sitting or raising a fist during the playing of the National Anthem in order to bring awareness to racism and police brutality. In response to the President’s tweets, NFL players in games across the country responded by kneeling or sitting out the national anthem. Debate bubbled over on social media over whether this was a fireable offense or freedom of expression.

September 25, 2017 Top Stories