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EFF to Fifth Circuit: The First Amendment Protects the Right to Make Jokes on Social Media
EFF intern Izzy Simon contributed to this blog post.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the right to free expression and prohibits the government from “abridging the freedom of speech.” This includes protecting an individual's right to make jokes online—even bad or offensive jokes, as well as jokes about the police. TechFreedom and EFF have thus filed an amicus brief asking a federal appellate court in Louisiana, to reaffirm this basic principle after the police arrested Waylon Bailey …