TO WHAT EXTENT EXPRESSION IS FREE ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN MOROCCO?
Since the emergence of social media, they have become the most common worldwide platforms of information and exchange. They did not only make the world smaller and access to information and news easier but they also provided a safe ground for people to express their ideas, share their thoughts and voice out their opinions. Throughout the past few years, social media have given out voices to millions of people with no boundaries. The main aim of this research paper is to study the current web regulations in Morocco and the status of the freedom of speech on social media in Morocco. To approach to the subject empirically, a survey was undertaken for a total number of 100 respondents. The paper puts together findings on people´s attitudes towards free speech, the limits of freedom of expression, and in which areas limitations of freedom of expression might be acceptable. Overall, the majority of the people supports the principle of the freedom of speech. Yet, at the same time they support the existence of some restrictions for various reasons. Hence, they are with a free speech as long as people´s integrity is protected.
Keywords: Freedom of Expression, Social Media, Technology, Restrictions, Human Rights