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Should Facebook Do More to Monitor Violent Expressions?

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. One recent debate covered: Should Facebook Do More to Monitor Violent Expressions?

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case involving violent remarks that Anthony Elonis posted on Facebook — remarks that he claims were rap lyrics. Elonis v. United States represents one of the first times the court will rule on freedom of speech in social media forums. Should Facebook and other social sites do more to monitor and restrict violent expressions? How much of a threat would such rules pose to artistic expression? [more]