Social media has become one of the largest influences in modern daily life. It is an excellent way to express yourself, to share thoughts and photos with family and friends, and to connect with other people. However, with this great tool comes a responsibility to use it wisely. With a recent Supreme Court case underway regarding social media posts, it is important to think before you tweet, post or Instagram.
Supreme Court Considerations
The Supreme Court will need to consider whether social media posts pose true threats, specifically in the case of one woman and her estranged husband. After a judge issued a protective order against Tara Elonis’ estranged husband Anthony Elonis, he aired his grievances in a Facebook post which could be interpreted in a threatening manner. The case raises the question of the boundaries of free speech when it comes to social media. Is it simply “blowing off some steam” or is it a true threat?
Social Post Behavior – Better to be Safe than Sorry
In order to protect yourself and your freedom of speech when posting online, consider these things before you post:
If you find yourself in the middle of a case where social media posts were used against you, be sure to contact an attorney you can trust from O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Attorneys. Their legal knowledge and expertise will ensure you have a fair and just outcome in your unique case. Contact them today.
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