Is Yahoo Answers Violating our Constitutional Rights?

Posted on July 8th, 2010 by admin1 in Political Campaign Advertising Programs

How many of you have had their comments of questions deleted..because a individual "feels" like it was inappropriate…What protects our freedom of expression? The Y.A. guidelines are very vague…
1.Venting, ranting or using hate speech,
This is very generalizing Who decides what is venting or ranting?..(Hate speech should be enforced)
2.Chatting or otherwise violating the question-and-answer format.
Chatting is a form of communication between two or more people. This rule is very vague..and when you think about it..its kind of silly.
3.Being mean or obscene
This is ridicules..What is Mean or Obscene for one person might be acceptable behavior for another. You shouldn’t have a rule enforced on you because of your personality…Its unconstitutional.
4.Exploiting the community
I agree with this one. I wouldn’t want every other post being a person trying to sell you something at their website..
5.Cheating
Kind of Vague but I agree ..
6.Violating the law
I agree with this one,but its Ironic because I think Yahoo is breaking the law by violation our 1st amendment.
7.Behaving maliciously
This is another vague description. in the description it states this
<(Don’t post links to sites that contain viruses or malicious programs or that interfere with the operation of Yahoo! Answers.)>.. I agree with the description..but its still kind of vague..
8.Misusing Answers
I agree with this one, you wouldn’t want someone using Y.A. for intentions that it wasn’t designed for.
9.Doing harm
This shouldn’t be here because it is generalizing. What you think is safe could be seen as harmful to others.

That’s the rules we are supposed to abide by on Yahoo Answers..but here is the law that Yahoo has to abide by.(Yahoo is an American Company in California, so United States Law applies to them)

First Amendment – Religion and Expression

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

1.Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws. Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy, such as racism, sexism, and other hate speech are generally permitted. There are exceptions to these general protection, including the Miller test for obscenity, child pornography laws, speech that incites imminent danger, and regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Within these limited areas, other limitations on free speech balance rights to free speech and other rights, such as property rights for authors and inventors (copyright), interests in "fair" political campaigns (Campaign finance laws), protection from imminent or potential violence against particular persons (restrictions on fighting words), or the use of untruths to harm others (slander). Distinctions are often made between speech and other acts which may have symbolic significance.

I haven’t broken any of Yahoo Answers guidelines..but it will be interesting to see what reason they use for taking down my question.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2008-07-06-internet-freedom_N.htm

I think I understand what you’re getting at. What’s happening at YA is typical of what’s happening with our system of laws in this country. Laws have been getting passed that are not very strong in their definition, and more and more people who used to be considered "nice" are getting into trouble either under civil or criminal law. I don’t think the Constitution is that much respected anymore.

10 Comments on “Is Yahoo Answers Violating our Constitutional Rights?”

  1. Cybi

    YA is connected with a private company. We agree to follow their rules of site guidelines. If you don’t like how they run this public board, you can find other avenues or make your own.

    I think you are taking this site way too seriously. YA is no way violating your freedom of speech. In fact, YA gives many idiotic insane people an avenue to rant and rave their insanities to the general YA population.References :

  2. The First Dragon

    Yahoo! Answers is not the government. Private organizations are not required to let everybody say what they want. They can set their own rules. Just like I set the rules in my house.
    So no, Y!A is not violating anybody’s constitutional rights.References :

  3. Freedom Fighter

    Yahoo, and it’s forums are privately owned. You do not have the right to use them you are allowed to use them by the people who own them.References :

  4. Gunner221

    Well, it has happened to me several times and I didn’t break any guidelines that I could figure out. Since they own the program I guess they can set the standards.References :

  5. David H

    The First amendment protects you from CRIMINAL PROSECUTION because of your speech. It does not mean that a privately owned forum can’t censor you.

    "I haven’t broken any of Yahoo Answers guidelines..but it will be interesting to see what reason they use for taking down my question."

    It is a self policing system. They that down a question if someone reports it. You can appeal it if you want, or just repost it.References :

  6. Zach

    "congress shall…" since when is Yahoo congress? It’s very important that If you want to whine about your Constitutional rights tu understand those rights and when they’re applicable.References :

  7. Fangs

    Yahoo reserves the right to expect people to follow their terms of service rules. If you don’t like it, then find a different service.References :

  8. David

    Yep, everyone is pretty much dead on. The Constitution is used only in reference to the local, state and federal government. Not when it comes to private services. Yahoo kept it vague so they did not run the problem of making it to specific. In today’s world something appropriate may turn inappropriate which allows Yahoo to delete anything they deem so. It states so in the first part of the paragraph. It does not say Private Services.References :

  9. Bridge

    I think I understand what you’re getting at. What’s happening at YA is typical of what’s happening with our system of laws in this country. Laws have been getting passed that are not very strong in their definition, and more and more people who used to be considered "nice" are getting into trouble either under civil or criminal law. I don’t think the Constitution is that much respected anymore.References :

  10. Patrick M

    It’s real simple if you don’t like how Yahoo runs it operation don’t come here and post .References :

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