News When Does Free Speech Go Too Far?  

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May 4, 2018 8k votes 780 voters 6.5k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up the cases in which you believe free speech does not apply. Vote down the cases that you believe should be protected.

Like most things US Constitution-related, interpretations of the First Amendment – particularly what constitutes free speech – are both abundant and varied. The staunchest constitutionalists might tell you that there is no limit to freedom of speech; that's the point of ensuring it in the first place. Others, however, might say that there's a clear and definitive difference between free speech and hate speech, and the latter is not protected by the former.

Free speech becomes even murkier to interpret when things like comedy, religion, and patriotism are considered alongside it. Are there inappropriate or indefensible uses of free speech? Are there instances or situations where it doesn't apply?

Vote up any situations to which you believe free speech does not apply.

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495 110
Inciting panic and violence with misinformation. Source

480 109
Threatening physical violence against another person or group. Source

433 131
Using it to limit someone else's free speech. Source

374 134
Recruiting for a terrorist group and espousing its beliefs (e.g. ISIS). Source

371 164
Passing off fake news as the truth when you have a large audience or platform. Source and source

209 259
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group when you have a large audience. Source and source

191 250
Espousing views that support the ideology of a known hate group. Source

166 242
Displaying known hate-group symbols. Source

197 322
Nothing; freedom of speech is absolute. Source and source

125 237
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group. Source and source

121 268
Burning or desecrating a religious or political icon (e.g. the Bible or the American flag). Source 

113 262
Criticizing or making fun of the children of political figures. Source

89 254
Criticizing someone's physical appearance as a punchline. Source

78 256
Promoting conspiracy theories when you have a large audience or platform. Source

55 260
Depicting religious figures when doing so is sacrilege (e.g. Muhammad). Source

54 273
Engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience (e.g. kneeling during the National Anthem). Source and source

42 266
Using slurs that apply to your own identity or group. Source

44 285
Criticizing the military. Source

46 310
Criticizing the government. Source