Supreme Court Considers Whether Online Speech is a 'True Threat'

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On Monday, the Supreme Court weighed arguments over whether or not online threats are protected speech. Anthony Elonis made threatening Facebook comments against his estranged wife but he claims that his postings were no more menacing than rap lyrics. When does an online rant become a threat? Should Facebook comments be taken as seriously as those made in person or those uttered over the phone?


Paulette Sullivan Moore, vice president of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence

Danielle Keats Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor and professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and author of "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace"

Jonathan Manes, research scholar and clinical fellow at Yale Law School and the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression

David Greene, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation