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When Are Online Threats Illegal?

When does a threat of violence posted on Facebook or Twitter become illegal? The Supreme Court will tackle that question in the case of a Pennsylvania man jailed for Facebook posts saying he would kill his wife and a class of kindergartners. Observers hope the high court will clarify the extent of free speech protections in the age of women stalked on social media and shooters who leave online manifestos behind. We examine legal questions and personal stories about online threats of violence.

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