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.

Social media and sports can mix well

I love social media. I know this does not come as a surprise, but I love the good, bad, and ugly of it. The best subject to get all three is definitely sports social media.

More sports teams are actively involved in social media, and with that comes consequences, as the New England Patriots witnessed recently.

I personally enjoy when teams’ social media pages encourage participation with fans, and with other teams. Sports are meant to be fun, and it is enjoyable to see teams be accountable for what they post, but be creative as well.

The NBA’s Atlanta Hawks are on of my favorites on interacting with other teams. Win or lose, the Hawks’ Twitter is ready to go as shown below.

The 2014 NBA Playoffs featured five first round matchups that went to a game seven. The Hawks were one of the teams who lost, and sympathized with the others.

The MLB’s Texas Rangers do a good job of getting fans involved. During the season, they encourage fans to ask players questions using the #TexasTwitterTUE. This gives the fans a good look inside of what players are thinking during the regular season.

To fans, if you tweet at a player or team, please be ready to receive a response that may not appease you. There are actual people behind these pages, and they have feelings too.

Social media posts alter jury selection

Social media can get you out of serving on a jury? Lawyers have the authority to go thru perspective jurors social media pages and investigate whether if a certain juror shows bias or favor towards certain views.

The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.
The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.

The American Bar Association sees no problem with this as long as their social media pages are public, so the only way lawyers are not able to view your pages are if they are set to private viewing. Lawyers are also not allowed to ‘friend’ or message you.

West Virginia fans winning at social media, losing with police

Social media allows us to share our lives in a public manner. For some in Morgantown, West Virginia on October 19, posting on social media possibly got them arrested.

The police viewed social media sites Twitter, Instagram, and even anonymous Yik Yak to find patrons who were destroying public property after the West Virginia football team upset Baylor in Morgantown. Police Chief Ed Preston said those who were caught engaging in illegal activity will be charged.

Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.
Lost in the riots, West Virginia upset then #4 Baylor 41-27 in Morgantown on October 19.

Patriots fall flat on social media achievement

The NFL’s New England Patriots were not expecting a follow on Twitter to be their demise in this social media fail.

The Patriots reached their one millionth follow on Twitter this week, but thanks to a filtering issue that could not be foreseen, they are apologizing for the insensitive tweet to follow. The tweet has been deleted.

The New England Patriots "crowned" a one millionth Twitter follower, but not without controversy thanks to a filtering issue.
The New England Patriots “crowned” a one millionth Twitter follower, but not without controversy thanks to a filtering issue.