Supreme Court Rules Facebook Threats Might Not Be A Crime
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some threats made on Facebook are protected speech under the First Amendment.By Leah Becerra | June 1, 2015
On Monday, the Supreme Court made a ruling on social media and free speech for the first time.
The court decided threats on Facebook are not necessarily a crime, a victory for a Pennsylvania man whose Facebook threats got him thrown in prison.
Anthony Elonis was charged with threatening his wife, a kindergarten class and law enforcement officers in posts on Facebook. But in a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled those digital rants were not real threats.