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“Clear and Present Danger” Pertaining to Social Media

Madison Harwell, Pepperdine student In 2013, a 16-year old student in Ottawa, Canada was arrested for making bomb threats to multiple schools across North America and a few in Canada. On Twitter with the handle of @ProbablyOnion the teen regularly tweeted about his bomb threats and asked for Twitter suggestions on who he should “swat” next. “Swatting” is the act of calling in false emergencies to 9-1-1. Eventually, investigators located the boy and he faced 60 criminal charges including “conveying false information with intent to alarm” after 30 false…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 19, 2017

Intent Provokes Action

Claire Fagin, Pepperdine studentWhen it comes to monitoring social media, there are two aspects that I believe should be taken into account: the audience’s awareness of the intent of the author as an influencer, and the author’s intent from post to post. It kind of sounds like the same thing, but hear me out. In Schneck vs. Us, the defendant was a general secretary of the Socialist party, a group which was outwardly opposed to the United States’ involvement in WW1. Schneck, our “author” in this scenario, had the…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 19, 2017

Schenck v. United States in the Age of Social Media

Kristin Vartan, Pepperdine student Social media is a primary voice in today’s world, but its ability to transcend time and place, through permanence and remote location means it is practically a bullhorn. As a result, its reach magnifies whatever is being said—be it good or bad. For this reason, monitoring the platform is necessary.

According to Schenck v. United States, Congress has a right to restrict an exercise of free speech if it exhibits a “clear and present danger” to civilians or is a form of “obstruction,” of a progression…

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  • Influencers | Social Media , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Sep 14, 2017

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