Social Networking and Freedom of Speech

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Social networking became integral part of our life. Year after year the limits of the social networks broaden with the instruction of technologies, among which one of the strongest became Internet. It splits the borders between nations and countries and reduces distances and time. With the help of social networking we are free to share any information of particular interest between people of the same interests at any time we would like. However, when it comes to the statement of being free, the first thing that comes to our mind is “How much actually we are free to express our position at social networks and are we responsible for actions posting online?”.

Social networking and freedom of speech.

To speak broadly about social networking and freedom of speech, and their actual interrelation, it could have been worthy to distinguish these two concepts. Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas via speech. Sometimes as the synonym freedom of expression is attributed to the term. The right for free expression is recognized by the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human rights as well as by various international laws.. According to Article 19 the rights evolves “freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice". However, as each right has its own responsibilities, some restriction are imposed when it considers “ respect of the rights or reputation of others" , “the protection of national security or of public order or of public health or morals"(1). Social networking historically developed as unification of some people of one or other community, or people of same interests to share their experience and information. Guilds and clubs also may be attributed to the first forms of social networking. However, how it has already been mentioned, with the...
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