News When Does Free Speech Go Too Far?  

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May 4, 2018 8k votes 775 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.

494 107
Inciting panic and violence with misinformation. Source

477 108
Threatening physical violence against another person or group. Source

431 129
Using it to limit someone else's free speech. Source

371 133
Recruiting for a terrorist group and espousing its beliefs (e.g. ISIS). Source

367 163
Passing off fake news as the truth when you have a large audience or platform. Source and source

207 257
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group when you have a large audience. Source and source

189 249
Espousing views that support the ideology of a known hate group. Source

164 241
Displaying known hate-group symbols. Source

195 320
Nothing; freedom of speech is absolute. Source and source

123 235
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group. Source and source

118 267
Burning or desecrating a religious or political icon (e.g. the Bible or the American flag). Source 

110 261
Criticizing or making fun of the children of political figures. Source

87 253
Criticizing someone's physical appearance as a punchline. Source

77 254
Promoting conspiracy theories when you have a large audience or platform. Source

53 259
Depicting religious figures when doing so is sacrilege (e.g. Muhammad). Source

53 271
Engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience (e.g. kneeling during the National Anthem). Source and source

41 264
Using slurs that apply to your own identity or group. Source

43 283
Criticizing the military. Source

44 309
Criticizing the government. Source