Twitter Threats and You

What amount of freedom with your speech are you really allowed on the internet? Everyone in the United States has a right to say what they want without threat of punishment, given to us by the first amendment. 

People usually interpret this as they can say anything they want, against whoever they want, whenever they want. This is not true. The amendment protects your right in regards tot he government, not that guy you really don’t like down the street. this idea is also contested on the internet. Social websites, where people can post anything they’re thinking, are a hot spot for this debate. in an article from the Washington Post, a twitter user known for being a “far-right mega-troll”, was banned for allegedly threatening someone over twitter. He fought the ban, but lost because twitter is a private industry. As a private industry twitter can set it’s own rules on how people should behave and conduct themselves on their platform. Charles Johnson, the user that was banned, behaved in contrast to how Twitter wants their users to behave. He threatened someone and whether or not it was meant to be serious it was still a threat and Twitter acted upon it. Another instance of people crossing the line with their internet behavior is when a teenager made a threat to American Airlines over twitter.Twitter

American Airlines did not take it lightly she ended up getting arrested. Even is she meant it jokingly, it was not taken lightly. This is just another instance of people saying what they want whether it’s serious or not and having it backfire on them.have you ever been banned from a website or received repercussions from something you said online? Do you always think over a comment or post before actually posting it? Unlike what I do with my blogs.

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5 comments

  1. jackthethird · October 15, 2015

    This pretty well summarizes two big ideas. The first is that you can’t yell fire in a public space, and the second is that you should never feed a troll. Whenever I have someone trolling me specifically I just file a report and move on, it’d be interesting to see what things would be like if more people did this sort of thing.

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  2. wilkinzk · October 15, 2015

    People definitely have trouble understanding what and what not to put on the internet. I guess these people think just because they put up a fake account, they are safe from any repercussions. Fortunately I have never been banned from any sites for rude behavior. I usually tediously review over anything I write, whether it’s an essay or a twitter post. This is probably why I mostly just retweet posts on twitter, so I can avoid possibly causing a conflict or finding a troll.

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  3. murrdadog · October 15, 2015

    I definitely reread something before I post it. Although I personally have never been banned for my comments on a website, I will defend such actions taken against trolls. The person who tweeted at American Airlines deserves to be arrested for such a threat. 14 years ago, many people died from such an event. If this tweet wasn’t dealt with accordingly, it would have been a message that this type of speech is appropriate on Twitter. I commend the decision of law enforcement and Twitter for their reactions to that situation

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  4. madelinejewell · October 15, 2015

    This is a good example of why sites have age restrictions. Twitter’s age requirement is 13 years old, but this is not something that a 13 year old should think is a good idea. I wonder what was going through her head when she tweeted this, though she was clearly afraid when American Airlines responded back. What she did should not be under any debate: it was as if she called out ‘hey I’m going to start a fire in 5 minutes!’ to a room full of people who were unable to move. Of course people shouldn’t be allowed to do what she did, there’d be no way of knowing whether it was true or not.

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