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Social Media Maelstrom: Is A Tweet Protected Speech?

Sep 25, 2013

Should lawmakers withhold funding from the University of Kansas if the school doesn’t fire a professor over a highly controversial tweet? Professor David Guth blasted the National Rifle Association on Twitter in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting on Twitter, and now many are calling for accountability.

KU Prof. David Guth's tweet has sparked a debate on what is protected speech.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we discuss just how far employers can go when their employees make charged statements on social media.  

KU Journalism professor David Guth has received criticism from peers over his recent Tweet, but some Kansas lawmakers are saying he should be fired -- or they'll withhold university funding.


  • Michael Selmi is the Samuel Tyler Research Professor of Law at George Washington University.
  • Robert Shibley is senior vice president at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia.