News When Does Free Speech Go Too Far?  

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May 4, 2018 7.6k votes 741 voters 6k 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.

477 102
Inciting panic and violence with misinformation. Source

458 104
Threatening physical violence against another person or group. Source

415 123
Using it to limit someone else's free speech. Source

358 126
Recruiting for a terrorist group and espousing its beliefs (e.g. ISIS). Source

357 153
Passing off fake news as the truth when you have a large audience or platform. Source and source

201 247
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group when you have a large audience. Source and source

185 239
Espousing views that support the ideology of a known hate group. Source

161 230
Displaying known hate-group symbols. Source

191 307
Nothing; freedom of speech is absolute. Source and source

119 225
Using slurs that apply to someone else's identity or group. Source and source

115 254
Burning or desecrating a religious or political icon (e.g. the Bible or the American flag). Source 

106 250
Criticizing or making fun of the children of political figures. Source

85 240
Criticizing someone's physical appearance as a punchline. Source

75 242
Promoting conspiracy theories when you have a large audience or platform. Source

50 248
Depicting religious figures when doing so is sacrilege (e.g. Muhammad). Source

49 260
Engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience (e.g. kneeling during the National Anthem). Source and source

41 269
Criticizing the military. Source

36 254
Using slurs that apply to your own identity or group. Source

40 297
Criticizing the government. Source