Freedom Of Speech : One Of The Core Principles Of A Democracy
Freedom of speech is one of the core principles of a democracy, and it is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States. Adopted in 1791, the First Amendment, states that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (Pilon, p. 13.) Our founding fathers have built a country where everybody can say, create, and do anything. The concept of creating a country and democracy like what the United States has is a miracle. However, most of the limitations can be found in the constitution where everyone no matter what color, nationality or religion you are can speak your mind. But what happens when someone else’s words lead to someone’s downfall, emotional distress, or even suicide.
In the age where social media is a phenomena according to Statista.com 78% of Americans have at least one social media profile. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube allow for all types of speech from comments, to poems, to short phrases. With that comes many negative consequences. For the last few years it has become very visible when it comes to cyber bullying, the events in Ferguson, the Occupy Wall street movement and the latest 2016 presidential election.
But how do we choose with types of hate speech are worthy of being protected and used against someone in legal proceedings. Especially since not everything said on social…