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What is the legal distinction between Twitter banning Trump and Trump blocking individuals?

Trump was an officer of the government, and Twitter wasn't. The First Amendment forbids the government and its agents from viewpoint discrimination, but private companies are not bound by it and can ...
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Can Tucker Carlson be sanctioned by the US government?

The first amendment to the US constitution says: Congress shall make no law [...] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; [...] This constitutional hurdle is a very high obstacle to ...
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Is it illegal to run away from a police officer in a way that provokes them, in the US?

Bobstro gave the practical answer, that it's a stupid idea for many reason. This is for the US in general, states may have laws that say otherwise. It is not illegal to provoke someone or a ...
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Does a private citizen in the US have the right to make a "Contact the Police" poster?

There is no law against a person creating and distributing such a poster, to the best of my knowledge. However such a poster pretty clearly implies that the person shown is guilty of a crime, or at ...
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Is it really legal to knowingly lie in public as a public figure?

That really depends what they lie about In the United States, there's no general law against lying. The fact that a statement is false doesn't inherently strip it of protection under the first ...
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University prohibits professors from testifying

It’s important to bear in mind that there is a difference between expert witnesses and witnesses of fact: expert witnesses must consent to testify (with or without payment), witnesses of fact can be ...
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Would a giant "F*** BIDEN" flag mounted on a truck be first amendment protected?

The First Amendment controls in the US, so it does not matter if this is Idaho or Berkeley CA. This is clearly an expression of a political viewpoint, which is protected by the First Amendment. Any ...
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Can people criticize the Imperial Family in Japan?

Yes The 1947 constitution abolished Lèse majesté in Japan.
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Would a giant "F*** BIDEN" flag mounted on a truck be first amendment protected?

Let me paint you a picture. It's April 26, 1968. We're in the corridors of an LA courthouse. Paul Robert Cohen is wearing a leather jacket, upon which he has written in white lettering 3 words. Some ...
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In the USA, can treason be protected by the First Amendment?

It might be more helpful to reverse the analogy. Unprotected speech is a box, and everything that doesn't fit inside the box is free speech. The box is small and strangely shaped, and therefore, very ...
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What is the legal status of "warrant canaries"?

The question actually asked, "what legal theories would support or harm...", is somewhat unclear. But what the questioner seems to be asking is, basically, what would happen if you tried it? The ...
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Can I put up a joke sign on my private land that reads "Active Minefield"?

My alternative is to put up a sign "Keep Out: Testing Lasers from Space" which is a derivative of this idea and (IMO) would be considered humor. I know there is a line, how and where is that ...
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Is it prohibited to mock the LGBT community in France?

Mockery is allowed; hate speech isn’t While freedom of speech is guaranteed under French law it does have limits. Since 2004, these limits have applied to gender and sexuality. Mockery is contemptuous ...
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Is it illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?

Short answer: It depends on the state and exactly how you do so. Stating how you voted, by itself, is fine; however, taking a photo of your ballot instead of just saying how you voted is illegal in ...
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Can I deny people entry to a political rally I co-organise?

This would seem to fall under "negative" freedom of association; that is, the freedom to not associate with certain other people. This article discusses the matter in the context of ...
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Can you get sued for producing excessively violent materials in the form of a book, movie or video game in the U.S.?

You cannot be successfully sued nor charged with a crime in the US merely because a movie, book, or other work is violent. Consider the rape scenes in the movie Deliverance, or John Hersey's The Wall,...
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Can Tucker Carlson be sanctioned by the US government?

what are the chances of the US government sanctioning Tucker Carlson and can it actually be done? Nil. The memo does not allege collusion with Russia or any other foreign power, or working as its ...
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Legal jeopardy for advocating assassination of an unspecified evil leader?

In the United States, at least, it's quite clear that merely arguing that the assassination of a leader would be a good policy decision is protected by the First Amendment. The United States Supreme ...
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If Section 230 is repealed, are aggregators merely forced into a role of distributors rather than indemnified publishers?

you can still have a free and open moderation-free internet in a post-Sec 230 world Sure, but remember what moderation-free means: no moderation whatsoever. That means no removal of offensive ...
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Is it legal under Czech and EU legal system to punish people with prison sentences for publicly expressing their political views?

For a challenge under the European Convention on Human Rights (to which Czechia is a signatory) the relevant articles are 10 and 17. Article 10, on the right to free expression, has the caveat that it:...
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Does a private citizen in the US have the right to make a "Contact the Police" poster?

This is entirely legal and commonly done. The risk of defamation liability to the suspect is minimal. Under New York Times v. Sullivan 376 U.S. 254 (1964) and related cases, to prevail in defamation ...
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Can an "FBI domain seizure" April Fools joke land you in jail?

I can't comment on what the legal situation would be in your home country, but as a matter of U.S. law, the hypothetical scenario you've described is not illegal. First, because you aren't a U.S. ...
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Is it illegal to run away from a police officer in a way that provokes them, in the US?

Short Answer The facts described by the OP do not, alone, constitute a crime. However, they are likely to begin a chain of causal events that can lead to a crime following a natural sequence of ...
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Is it really legal to knowingly lie in public as a public figure?

The First Amendment guarantee of free speech includes the right to lie. U.S. v. Alvarez, 567 U.S. 709 (2012) ("Absent from those few categories where the law allows content-based regulation of ...
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When is cursing illegal in the U.S.?

Denver lawyer David Lane has said, “The First Amendment lives in a rough neighborhood and if you can’t stand the neighborhood move to China … or somewhere the First Amendment does not exist.” "One ...
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Was it legal to rant against trick or treating via loudspeaker during halloween?

Short Answer It was probably legal to rant and probably illegal to shut down the person doing the ranting. Analysis Generally speaking, "content based" restrictions on speech are very limited, ...
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What is the legal distinction between Twitter banning Trump and Trump blocking individuals?

An analogy. I own a meeting hall. I rent it out to the US Forest Service, who frequently has public hearings on matters of policy e.g. whether to open a sector for logging or recreation, seal up ...
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University prohibits professors from testifying

The legal basis for the restriction is, according to UF that the "university denied requests of these full-time employees to undertake outside paid work that is adverse to the university’s ...
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Can I put up a joke sign on my private land that reads "Active Minefield"?

At the federal level, 18 USC 35 is as close as you can get: (a) Whoever imparts or conveys or causes to be imparted or conveyed false information, knowing the information to be false, concerning an ...
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Do other countries have free speech protections similar to the First Amendment, and if so, how do those work?

england-and-wales and northern-ireland It's called the Article 10 Right to Freedom of Expression and can be found at Schedule 1, Part 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998: 1 Everyone has the right to ...
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