Cyberbullying Is Not Free Speech, California Court Rules

05/19/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • By Terrence O'Brien — Mar 19th 2010 at 11:08AM switched.com

Online threats of violence and acts of cyber-bullying are not protected free speech. That's according to a California appeals court that upheld a decision from a lower court, allowing a hate crimes and defamation suit (PDF) to continue. The case dates back to 2005, when a then 15-year-old student at a private high school in Los Angeles launched a personal Web page to promote his pursuit of a film and singing career.

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