The United States Supreme Court has quashed the conviction of a Pennsylvania man accused of making threats on Facebook. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
In a seven-to-two ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that it was not enough for the prosecutors to prove that the comments made by the accused, Anthony Elonis, would make a reasonable person feel threatened, reported CBS News. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Elonis was accused of making threats on Facebook in the form of rap lyrics about killing his estranged wife, harming law enforcement officials and shooting up a school. He contended that the government had no right to prosecute him if he didn’t actually intend his comments to be threatening to others. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
However, the Obama administration had said that the test would be to determine if the comments could strike fear in a reasonable person.