There are a lot of people talking about freedom of speech on the internet these days. Some sites say they stand for free speech, but does the first amendment apply to them? Where exactly am I free to Speak My Mind?
The truth is, what your freedom of speech is and where it applies is actually very simple, but our understanding of it has been Distorted, mostly because people use "free speech" as a weapon where it doesn't apply, and often as a shield to Hide Behind when they're being criticized. Even so, free speech has never been a more valuable right, especially on the internet, where governments, companies, and individuals all try to control their image and what people say about them. I'm no constitutional lawyer, but there are plenty of ways to exercise your speech freely online. First, let's brush up on our US civics, shall we?
What the First Amendment Really Says