Social Media Gets Some Respect from SCOTUS in First Amendment Case

, The National Law Journal


Mark the date: Feb. 27, 2017, may go down in history as the day that social media—from Facebook to Snapchat, Twitter to LinkedIn—entered the pantheon of expressions deserving First Amendment protection.

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  • Joel Zingeser

    It is fitting that this date February 27 in this particular year 2017 is the date that this discussion of First Amendment rights took place in the U.S. Supreme Court. On this date February 27th in 1933 a fire of still contested origin (some believe the Nazis started it) occurred in the Reichstag leading to the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State issued by German President Paul von Hindenburg on the advice of Chancellor Adolf Hitler, who had been named Chancellor one month prior. The decree nullified essentially all of the civil liberties of the German people and remained in place until the end of WWII.

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