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.
Inciting panic and violence with misinformation. Source
Threatening physical violence against another person or group. Source
Using it to limit someone else's free speech. Source
Recruiting for a terrorist group and espousing its beliefs (e.g. ISIS). Source
Passing off fake news as the truth when you have a large audience or platform. Source and source
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group when you have a large audience. Source and source
Espousing views that support the ideology of a known hate group. Source
Displaying known hate-group symbols. Source
Nothing; freedom of speech is absolute. Source and source
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group. Source and source
Burning or desecrating a religious or political icon (e.g. the Bible or the American flag). Source
Criticizing or making fun of the children of political figures. Source
Criticizing someone's physical appearance as a punchline. Source
Promoting conspiracy theories when you have a large audience or platform. Source
Depicting religious figures when doing so is sacrilege (e.g. Muhammad). Source
Engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience (e.g. kneeling during the National Anthem). Source and source
Criticizing the military. Source
Using slurs that apply to your own identity or group. Source