Hateful Digital Hate Speech

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Making laws that prohibit hateful digital hate speech need to be carefully crafted in order to not be deemed unconstitutional. In fact in Albany County in New York they ran into this very problem. The county passed a law that was too broad which resulted in it meddling with the First Amendment. The law was meant to ban hateful conversation through electronic communication by making it illegal to “...harass, annoy, threaten...or otherwise inflict significant emotional harm on another person”. In the end, the wording of the law made it legal to penalize someone for an annoying phone call. (Wiessner par. 1-15). There is even more complications that come with the free speech aspect. Some people do not agree that online talk should be regulated.
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