Anon postings free speech?
December 18, 2012 3:58 PM Subscribe
I am curious if anonymous postings are protected as free speech.
posted by lasamana to Law & Government (13 answers total)
Our town has an online newspaper that’s run by AOL. Often the topics are pretty mundane and there is little or no posts. However recently a topic came up and ignited a lot of debate. Most of the posters use aliases which is fine but a couple of times the posts have become really offensive. Particularly calling out a person in our town who behaved a little unseemly. I’m curious as to how much of that is protected since it seems that the online paper is largely unmoderated (the posts appear and are pulled if they too inflammatory), unlike a “real” paper where the editor has the discretion to post the letter. Can anonymous posts trigger the same protections as using your real name? Or would they be exempt for some reason? (PS I realize the irony of posting this here without using my real name).