news When Does Free Speech Go Too Far?  

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May 4, 2018 6.5k votes 642 voters 5.1k views 19 items Embed

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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407 88
Inciting panic and violence with misinformation.

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2
391 92
Threatening physical violence against another person or group.

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3
358 103
Using it to limit someone else's free speech.

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4
302 107
Recruiting for a terrorist group and espousing its beliefs (e.g. ISIS).

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5
300 137
Passing off fake news as the truth when you have a large audience or platform.

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6
167 216
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group when you have a large audience.

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7
152 210
Espousing views that support the ideology of a known hate group.

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8
170 265
Nothing; freedom of speech is absolute.

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9
135 200
Displaying known hate-group symbols.

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10
102 191
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group.

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11
100 214
Burning or desecrating a religious or political icon (e.g. the Bible or the American flag).

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12
87 213
Criticizing or making fun of the children of political figures.

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13
72 202
Criticizing someone's physical appearance as a punchline.

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14
61 206
Promoting conspiracy theories when you have a large audience or platform.

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15
39 210
Depicting religious figures when doing so is sacrilege (e.g. Muhammad).

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16
37 222
Engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience (e.g. kneeling during the National Anthem).

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17
33 225
Criticizing the military.

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18
30 211
Using slurs that apply to your own identity or group.

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19
33 250
Criticizing the government.

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