The Contentious American Debate: The First Amendment and Internet-based Hate Speech
International Review of Law, Computers & Technology
This essay reviews the debate over what constitutes hate speech and whether or not such speech is protected by the American First Amendment. First, the concept of white racialism and white supremacy is defined and illustrated. Then after a brief discussion of the legal debate, the nature and problematic definition(s) of hate speech is presented. The unique speech environment of the internet is reviewed alongside attempts to limit and censor topics available on the internet. The arguments for and against restricting first amendment protection are discussed, with a focus on Michael Israel's five criteria for withdrawing first amendment protections. The work concludes with a discussion of the difficulty in constraining discourse on the internet.
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Becker, Paul J.; Byers, Bryan; and Jipson, Arthur J., "The Contentious American Debate: The First Amendment and Internet-based Hate Speech" (2000). Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Faculty Publications. 55.