In USA Today, Prof Rogers comments on 1st amendment issues of Ravi decision

Professor Audrey Rogers was quoted in an article in USA Today about how the conviction of former Rutgers student, Dharun Ravi, changes the perception of first amendment protections for social media posts.

The article explains that tweets and other posts on social media sites were used to help determine the intent of Ravi’s actions. Internet users need to be aware that that not all speech is protected by the first amendment, especially harassment.

Rogers says, “The verdict is a reminder that words can be criminal. You’re not allowed to use your words to harass, annoy or intimidate someone. It’s clear the law allows you to outlaw certain kinds of speech.”


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