Professor Volokh Cited in BBC Article on Free Speech and the Internet

June 29, 2015 -- Professor Eugene Volokh is cited in a BBC article on free speech and the Internet in light of racist comments posted on the discussion website Reddit in the wake of the Charleston church shooting.

Despite the extreme and often shocking nature of the comments, they're perfectly legal under American law - and legally Reddit is by and large an American company - according to Eugene Volokh, a law professor and the man behind a Washington Post blog on legal issues, the Volokh Conspiracy.

"American law protects people's ability to express all sorts of views, including views in support of crime or violence, without fear of government restriction," Volokh says. "But a private institution like Reddit is also free to say we don't want our facilities to be used as a means of disseminating this information."

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