Should Political Robo Calls Be Protected Under the First Amendment?
Do you think auto calls should be classified as protected speech?
Spam calls are annoying, but they may be an important part of a functioning democracy, at least according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Montana judge recently ruled that part of an old Montana law is unconstitutional for banning robo calls that are "promoting a political campaign or any use related to a political campaign.”
The court reasoned that banning robo calls might severely damage campaigns with low funding and therefore posed a dangerous restriction on free speech.
It’s nice to see a court stick up for campaigns that don’t have access to Super PACs, even if it comes at the expense of a minor annoyance.
What do you think? Is this a win for free speech or a loss for privacy? Can it be both?
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