Should we be prevented from speaking our minds on the internet? Can we say whatever we wish without fear of prosecution or persecution?
Here’s a case of the bullied pushing back:
A beauty school in Illinois is suing a student for his “defamatory” comments on a Facebook site that encouraged students to vent about their instructors.
The Salon Professional Academy of Elgin, Ill., says Nicholas Blacconiere created a site called Tspa RobinHood that looked similar to TSPA Elgin’s Facebook page because it used the academy’s logo. The suit, filed in July, also says that he posted libelous comments about school officials on the site.
Does it matter that profanity was used against the beauty school?
Should we care if pernicious lies and sexual innuendo were a part of the online bashing of the beauty school?
If we aren’t required by the law to be truth tellers backed up by facts in our everyday private lives — should we punish those who publicly snipe at us online with harmful intent?