Truth? Social: Trump’s new platform takes advantage of the law he once criticized

By Rachel Allore, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Social media outlets provide an unprecedented scope to the modern-day internet; anything from innocuous life updates to scathing anonymous comments can reach thousands of people every second. This space brings novel First Amendment issues directly to our screens, and social media sites rely on an obscure and specific … Continue reading Truth? Social: Trump’s new platform takes advantage of the law he once criticized

Social Media Regulations v. The First Amendment

By Taylor Osborne, Staff Member Vol. 20 On September 9th, 2021, the Texas Legislature passed a law making it illegal for social media platforms to ban users based on their political viewpoints. The law is an apparent response to what legislators, including Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Bryan Hughes, felt was a dangerous move by … Continue reading Social Media Regulations v. The First Amendment

Social Media: Our Virtual Monopoly #Free Speech

By: Maian Adams In a 1939 opinion, Justice Owen J. Roberts wrote “[w]herever the title of streets and parks may rest, they have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions. Such use … Continue reading Social Media: Our Virtual Monopoly #Free Speech

Social Security ‘Big Brother’ for the Disabled

By: Elliotte Kiel Applicant Surveillance to Prevent Fraud In March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it is looking into social media surveillance of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants. The agency justified this as part of their “responsibility to detect and prevent fraud.” SSDI pays monthly benefits to people who cannot regularly work … Continue reading Social Security ‘Big Brother’ for the Disabled

Packingham v. North Carolina: Court Protects Sex Offenders First Amendment Rights to the Internet.

By: Alison J. Rossi Early in summer of 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that a North Carolina law that banned convicted sex offenders from accessing or using social media websites was unconstitutional. In Packinham v. North Carolina, the Court ruled North Carolina’s law violated the First Amendment. This case has … Continue reading Packingham v. North Carolina: Court Protects Sex Offenders First Amendment Rights to the Internet.

The Teacher Followed Me Home: Bell and a School’s Control of Student Speech Outside the Classroom

By Kirstin Vinal; Staff Member (Vol. 15) Where does a student’s speech stop being under control of their school? Could it be when they are 500 feet away from school property? Or when they are home? In 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board that speech outside of … Continue reading The Teacher Followed Me Home: Bell and a School’s Control of Student Speech Outside the Classroom

Elonis: Confusing Both the Educated Judge and the Everyday Facebook User

By Garrett Rider; Staff Member (Vol. 15) Over the past decade, racial tension has continued to intensify in response to serious issues involving the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of our police force. The media has seemingly been overwhelmed with stories similar to the incidents involving Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile, … Continue reading Elonis: Confusing Both the Educated Judge and the Everyday Facebook User