In the United States, freedom of speech is secured by the First Amendment, which declares that Congress ”shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” The language of the First Amendment does not distinguish one medium of speech from another. Electronic free speech should be no less protected than speech on paper.

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