It's a First Amendment test for the Supreme Court in a case being heard Monday.
At issue are the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.
A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.
The man says he was just venting his anger over a broken marriage and that he never meant to threaten anyone.
But a jury convicted him of violating a federal law that makes it a crime to threaten another person. A federal appeals court rejected his claim that his comments were protected by the First Amendment.
Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case (2014, December 1)
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