Technological advancement has helped many people to communicate quickly and at a lower cost throughout the world. It has played a great role in making the whole world a global village. Moreover, technology has aided people in communicating and expressing their opinions through various platforms. Various cases are addressed well when people speak through the Internet using Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and other social media platforms. The First Amendment gives people the right to express themselves freely, so they use the Internet to communicate their opinion. (Stone & Volokh, 2016). However, the big question is whether the comments people make on the Internet should be used against them.
According to the First Amendment, people have the right to express their opinions and thoughts, and government cannot fine, imprison, or put someone under civil liability due to what they say apart from exceptional situations. Nevertheless, there are some circumstances under which the government should impose restrictions on the freedom of speech due to the possible negative outcomes such as defamation, fighting words, true threats, obscenity, and child pornography. (Stone & Volokh, 2016).
If someone has the right to say anything they want, they may interfere with other people’s peace. For instance, in the case of defamation, the person whose reputation is damaged may be affected psychologically, which this can result in psychological disorders (Stone & Volokh, 2016). Any comment that may be encouraging children to be involved in sexual activities should be punishable because of the effects it may cause to their psyche. If someone threatens the security of the state through the Internet, it may affect the people’s peace. In addition, the First Amendment does not protect sexually explicit pornography.
In conclusion, the above discussion clearly shows that whatever someone comments on the Internet can be used against them if these matters are prohibited under the First Amendment (Stone & Volokh, 2016) Although there is freedom of expression, not everything is protected by the First Amendment; therefore, I would say that a comment can be used against people without violating their First Amendment rights.
Stone, G. R., & Volokh, G. (2016). A common interpretation: Freedom of speech and the press. Constitutional Daily. Retrieved from