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ACLU stands up for free speech[edit]

It's beautiful to see high democratic ideals upheld peacefully. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 15:14, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

XKCD again[edit]

Can we finally get rid of that stupid (and copyvio, if that makes a difference to you) XKCD cartoon? First Amendment law is increasingly irrelevant to free speech in a world ruled by corporations. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 04:22, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

Change the first sentence[edit]

To add the bolded text

Freedom of speech is the right to communicate with any other person, or persons, without fear of unwarranted restriction, censorship, or organized reprisal from a government.

This is okay, right?—€h33s3βurg3rF@€3 Spinning-Burger.gif (talkstalk) 18:29, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

No, that is quite wrong. Freedom of speech is a far broader topic than First Amendment or similar laws. In all seriousness, I've done my best to move the page away from the POV that only government can threaten your free speech, and specifically that censorship by the businesses that own the most important public forum of the age is not a Constitutional matter but nevertheless is a threat to freedom of speech. I understand the appeal of the 'only government' argument to apologists for 'no platforming', the heckler's veto, and similar forms of bullying, but I don't think we should endorse them. - Smerdis of Tlön, LOAD "*", 8, 1. 19:47, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Misconceptions on the first amendmentA[edit]

This article also goes into the "fire in the theater" trope too. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 23:43, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

"Voltaire" quote[edit]

The quote from Voltaire is not actually from Voltaire. This doesn't mean the quote is not valuable (I think it is), but it is misattributed. Source: EDIT: Indeed, even the referenced source specifies it. But, written like that, it does look like it is from Voltaire. -- (talk) 17:44, 28 August 2019 (UTC)

Hate speech should never be protected speech.[edit]

We need to end hate speech, while also expanding protected group status to include things such as self-expression through appearance, for instance, because that is an extension of one's identity and lifestyle. For instance, certain parts of the UK made abuse against Goths a hate crime, and I agree with this legislation.

I want to end personal criticism and attacks against individuals, Therefore, I am in favor of strong anti-bullying and anti-harassment laws. — Unsigned, by: 2601:98a:400:8910:28:76a0:a5f6:59d0 / talk / contribs