Essay about Free Expression Through Social Media

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Free Expression through Social Media

As Americans we have been granted the right to Freedom of Speech. Hence, we are protected to speak freely, but there are exceptions to this right. Therefore, we are allowed to express ourselves freely through multiple outlets such as through television, radio, and internet. The latter has been a prominent way of expression for Americans recently, especially with the creation of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Being able to express yourself through the use of words, saying, pictures, etc. has allowed us to channel emotions, say what is on our mind, and to express our interests. Social media networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter are valuable outlets for free expression because of freedom of speech.
The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment grants us the right to free speech. This right means that “you are allowed to express yourself freely without interference or constraint by the government” (Ardito, 2013). We are allowed to express ourselves in different mediums, therefore our expression on social media is a protected right. As a result, social media provides an avenue to express ourselves as we please since as a user we choose to sign up and create a personal page, like a journal, where you post whatever you like. Ashley Thorne (2015), mentions that “writing a comment on Facebook or Twitter can feel a lot like writing in your diary. But it’s not for your eyes only…it 's a public space”. Although, others are…

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