U.S. Supreme Court Rules Facebook Threats Not a Crime

On Monday, June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Anthony Elonis, a man convicted for making threats on Facebook against his estranged wife. He originally received a 44-month sentence from a Pennsylvania Court for the online threats, but U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts disagreed, saying there wasn’t enough to support the conviction. Of importance in the ruling was that Elonis wrote under a pseudo name: “Tone Dougie.” He argued that his social medial postings were stylized as rap…
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Facebook Fan Battles Ferrari

Amateur race car driver Sammy Wasem started a Ferrari fan page on Facebook when he was 15, and over time, it became an enormous success. In fact, he and his father Oliver earned a congratulatory email from Ferrari in March of 2009, when his site passed the 500,000-fan marker. However, the email read, “legal issues force us [Ferrari] in taking over the formal administration of the fan page.” And now, Wasem finds himself in a legal battle that may define the extent of online freedom…
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