ARRESTING TWEETS VS FREE SPEECH

ARRESTING TWEETS VS FREE SPEECH

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Peoria Mayor ordered raids on a home thought to be the origin of less-than-flattering Tweets. The Tweets were intended to look like the Mayor through a parody account setup by someone who didn’t care much for his mayoral style. But apparently, not everyone thought the account looked like it was being done in jest and at least one person was arrested for impersonating a public official.

Last week, it was the teenage girl who was arrested for tweeting that she was about to bomb an American Airlines plane.  A couple weeks prior, it was Stephen Colbert and his satirical tweet that was deemed ‘racist.’  Now, it’s a parody twitter account that mocked an Illinois mayor which has, so far, resulted in one arrest.

A lot of conservatives are up in arms over this – saying that freedom of speech should equal freedom of tweets and I’m right there with ‘em, UNLESS…

Read the rest of this thought-provoking article by Carly Hill at GenFringe. Then let me know what you think. Are we losing our 1st Amendment rights to free speech one Tweet at time?

Photo credit via Flickr Alexa Clark

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