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fishbat Offers Insight on the Supreme Court Case Involving Facebook Threats

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BOHEMIA, N.Y., June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- fishbat, a leading Long Island online marketing company, discusses the growing problem of user-generated threats and inappropriate behavior on social media platforms.

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According to the USA Today article titled "Supreme Court to hear case on Facebook threats," users on social media sites may see threats every day, but generally, there are little to no consequences for people who make these threats. A new case involving threats made on Facebook has caught the attention of many media sources.

In 2010, Anthony Elonis posted a threat against his wife on Facebook. He also threatened an FBI agent who was investigating his actions. The article says that Elonis' petition for Supreme Court review states, "The issue is growing in importance as communication online by email and social media has become commonplace. Modern media allow personal reflections intended for a small audience to be viewed widely by people who are unfamiliar with the context in which the statements are made and thus who may interpret the statements much differently than the speakers intended."

Justin Maas, vice president of client relations at fishbat, a leading online marketing company, lends his opinion on this controversial topic. "The invention of social media has given people a platform to express their feelings," he says. "However, often times, this leads people to believe they have a certain level of security and they are able to say whatever they want without fear of consequences. For example, when someone makes a threat in public, they are legally reprimanded. When someone threatens someone on social media, it often goes unnoticed by authorities or Facebook officials. This recent controversy has been brought to the Supreme Court, and hopefully new laws can be implemented to prevent threats being made on social media."

fishbat is a full-service online marketing firm and social media agency dedicated to connecting all types of businesses with their target audiences in the most effective and efficient way. Through innovative strategies in social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), branding, web design, reputation management and public relations, fishbat promotes a consistent and professional online voice for all of its clients.

Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, fishbat, 855-347-4228, takara@fishbat.com

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