Supreme Court Case: How Serious Are Facebook Rants?

The Supreme Court will rule on the seriousness of Facebook threats

By William White, InvestorPlace Writer

The Supreme Court is set to weigh in on the seriousness of Facebook (FB) rants.

supreme-court-facebook-rantsThe Supreme Court case involving Facebook rants is the result of a man’s rants about his estranged wife on the social media platform. Anthony Elonis made several threats toward his wife and shared them in the form of raps on his Facebook page. His wife, Tara Elonis, obtained a restraining order against him, but that didn’t stop his violent raps, reports NPR.

The case of Anthony’s Facebook rants has his attorney claiming that all his posts were for entertainment or venting and that he clearly expressed this on his Facebook page. However, the other side of the case claims that he made the threats specifically to threaten his wife and make her fear for her life, NPR notes.

Anthony claims that his Facebook rants are protected by free speech. He has received support from the American Civil Liberties Union. The National Network to End Domestic Violence is asking the Supreme Court not to rule in Anthony’s favor, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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