Facebook Reverses Stance — Again — On Violent Viral Video

Free expression in the online world is a tricky issue for any social network.


Court: Facebook “Like” Is Protected by the First Amendment

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a former deputy sheriff in Hampton, Va., who said he was sacked for “Liking” the Facebook page of a man running against his boss for city sheriff.

Twitter Updates Rules to Crack Down on Abuse

The company responds to heavy criticism of its rules after a series of rape threats and bomb threats levied against female media figures.

High Stakes Issues

… fear of individual exposure when participating in political debates over high-stakes issues can dissuade people from taking part. That’s why the Supreme Court ruled in 1958 that membership lists of groups have strong First Amendment protection. Telephone records, especially complete records collected over many years, are even more invasive than membership lists, since they show casual or repeated inquiries as well as full membership.

Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn

White House Taps Twitter Legal Vet for Tech Advisor Post

Another tech appointment by the Obama administration.

Gone Fishin’: District Attorneys Overreach in Twitter Data Requests

Tweet free or die.


@TheSlammer: The Perils of Sending False Tweets

Tweets have had a positive effect on disseminating news. But could purposely tweeting fake news have legal consequences? Legal experts say it is possible.

Twitter Continues Uphill Trudge in Freedom-of-Tweets Legal Battle

The microblogging service appeals a federal judge’s ruling in an ongoing case that could affect how online speech is seen in the future.

An Attack on WikiLeaks Is an Implicit Attack on Media

You don’t have to embrace Julian Assange as a kindred spirit to believe that what he did in publishing those cables falls under the protection of the First Amendment.

— Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, in an email to GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram in response to a post by Ingram entitled “First they came for WikiLeaks, then the New York Times”

Buzzkill: As Twitter Trumpets New Transparency Report, Judge Deals Company a Blow

On what was supposed to be a day of celebration, the microblogging service suffers a blow in an ongoing First Amendment case.