Online commentary has become a powerful force for enacting change or exposing malfeasance. But the anonymity of the Internet has also given rise to contentious questions of how to defend against such criticism.
Controversial Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP), lawsuits intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics have appeared. As a result, multiple states have passed Anti-SLAPP legislation, aimed at protecting the rights of online critics.
But does Anti-SLAPP legislation present undue barriers to the right to petition for those who sincerely believe they have been wronged?