U.S. Supreme Court takes on social media

Due to a recent case that involved a man serving nearly three years in prison for posting threats about his ex-wife on Facebook, the U.S. Supreme Court took a deeper look Monday into the threats posted through social media, and whether they hinge on First Amendment rights.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is one of the justices who feels the standards that may be set  on social media threats are too low.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is one of the justices who feels the standards that may be set on social media threats are too low.

Several of the justices could not agree to how far you can go to put a person in prison for those threats as you may not know what a person is going through mentally.

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Blaming social media is a cop-out

When problems and major issues arise, it is easy to blame something or someone that is around, but not necessarily present. Social media receives too much blame for the problems in the world today.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough put the media under fire during his press conference, and social media did not take too kindly to him. (Photo via KSDK.)
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough put the media under fire during his press conference, and social media did not take too kindly to him. (Photo via KSDK.)

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch attacked the media and “non-stop” social media during his 25 minute press conference Monday where he announced police officer Darren Wilson, who has since resigned, will not be tried for the death of Michael Brown.

Mr. McCulloch, how is it that you can attack outside sources if you and the jury can rule that there is no reason to even put Wilson on trial for Brown’s death? Obviously social media did not play that big of an impact, on you or the jury, for any action can occur. I respect the law, and respect this ruling, but blaming social media is unacceptable.

Don’t speak up: parents are silenced in fears of social media backlash of their children

Bullying is still a major roadblock to get through in social media use, and parents near a recent sexual abuse case feel like they are forced to chose between their child’s physical safety, and their virtual safety.

A former teacher at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, was sentenced to 38 months in prison for sexual abuse. Parents, in fear of retribution on their children, are afraid to speak out. (Photo courtesy of the Statesman Journal)
A former teacher at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, was sentenced to 38 months in prison for sexual abuse. Parents, in fear of retribution on their children, are afraid to speak out. (Photo courtesy of the Statesman Journal)

Among the things parents are afraid of according to the article include their child getting their playing time reduced by other coaches, and students and parents lashing out against the student on social media for snitching on the coach which affects the academic programs.