Free Speech on the Internet

Nilay Patel:

The First Amendment is one of our country’s most cherished institutions — and one of its most profoundly misunderstood. The confusion comes from those first five words: “Congress shall make no law.” Congress isn’t allowed to abridge your freedom of speech. That means the First Amendment only applies to the government, not private parties — as every kid eventually learns, your parents certainly don’t have to respect your right to free speech.

Take this opportunity to understand what you say on the Internet can get censored or worse, get in trouble.