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Speech called into question after Supreme Court ruling

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

How freedom of speech is used on social media has been called into question after the Supreme Court threw out a previous conviction.

A Pennsylvania man was convicted of making threats on Facebook to his estranged wife using rap lyrics.

One said, "there's only one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you."

He went on to threaten law enforcement and also threatened a school shooting.

The narrow victory for civil liberties groups for freedom of speech has many concerned and say this is a green light for cyber bullying and domestic violence via social media.

Albany Commissioner and Darton professor Roger Marietta says, "If I threaten you with some kind of code language that I take from an Eminem song does that make it O.K.? I don't really think so.  How do we as a people decide what is going to far."

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