by Sophia Mayberry
edited by Derya Kaya
When I saw that the topic for this week’s blog was free speech, I thought perfect! Free speech has been something we have been talking about in my social media class.
A new issue that has come up with the rise in the use of social media is the issue of freedom of speech online. People often say things online they would never say in person.
There are several examples of this . Many people have lost friendships over what has been posted on social media. I personally have unfriended someone for a particularly ignorant Facebook post.
Then there is cyberbullying, or groups of people ganging up on one person and verbally abusing them online. This has, in the past, resulted in suicides.
These two examples among others have sparked a discussion about limiting free speech on the internet. There have even been several pieces of legislation drawn up to make the limitation law.
Like any other challenge to something written into the US constitution has been and will continue to be met with a lot of criticism because it is limiting a freedom promised in the constitution.
Other countries have different laws about freedom of speech and internet usage. I would love to know other people’s perspective on this issue.
I personally recognize the consequences of limiting freedom of speech but I also see a great need for some limitations.