” F A C E B O O K J A I L i s U N C O N S T I T U T I O N A L “
Christie Scarborough, a stay-at-home mom, is suing Facebook. The lawsuit, filed July 13, 2018, alleges that Facebook violated her constitutional right to freedom of speech. Scarborough argues that “Facebook Jail” results in unconstitutional censorship.
Simply stated, all persons have the constitutional right to freely speak, write and publish their sentiments on all subjects.
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook wrongfully deleted Scarborough’s posts — supposedly because they violated community standards, and then, as punishment, Facebook sentenced her to “Facebook Jail,” on several occasions — for periods of 30 days — during which Facebook suspended her ability to post any comments or photos on Facebook.
Facebook community standards cannot justify censorship or “Facebook Jail.” Furthermore, the community standards are vague. What is meant by bullying? When does criticism become hate speech? When does satire become fake news?
“Free speech stands no differently than freedom from vaccination.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Scarborough seeks monetary compensation for violations of her free speech rights, and she also seeks a court order forbidding Facebook from deleting her posts and sentencing her to “Facebook Jail.”
~~T. Matthew Phillips, Esq.
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