When the Supreme Court ruled that Alabama was able to ban hate speech from TV news, a lot of people were worried.
But it’s been nearly a year since the ruling and many people aren’t too worried.
In fact, people are finding it much easier to do so than before.
For instance, a court ruled in January that Fox News, the cable news channel that has a history of spreading hate, was in the clear.
In March, the Alabama Supreme Court denied a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to reinstate a transgender man’s wrongful death lawsuit against Fox News.
A similar ruling last year by the Alabama Court of Appeals ended a lawsuit filed by a man who said he was harassed by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
“The Supreme Court decision in this case is a positive step toward ensuring that all news outlets are free to report accurately and with integrity,” said Sarah Dooley, director of the ACLU Alabama Media Project, in a statement.
“We applaud Alabama officials for making this important decision.
It sends a clear message that hate speech won’t be tolerated in Alabama.”
The court also said that the media can continue to use terms like “nigger” and “black,” even when they’re clearly meant to offend someone of a different race.
“It is important to note that while the Court’s opinion is not binding, it does provide guidance for media that are making or promoting their content,” the court said in its decision.
“Although the Supreme, not the court, can create standards of what is and is not acceptable speech, the Court did not require these standards to be imposed by the media.”
Fox News has long been criticized for using the phrase “niggers do not deserve equal protection under the law.”
In the wake of the Supreme case, the network announced it would remove references to “niggas” from its broadcasts.
“As Fox News continues to defend the right of free expression, we will continue to strive to reach a diverse and tolerant audience,” a statement from the network read.
The ruling in Alabama was the latest in a long string of Supreme Court rulings that have targeted hate speech.
In July, the court ruled that Fox’s news programming violated the First Amendment when it used the phrase, “All Lives Matter,” in a report on a fatal police shooting in Minnesota.
Fox also faced lawsuits for violating the First and Fourth Amendments when it published a story on the death of a Black man who was killed by a white police officer in Georgia.
The Supreme Court has also ruled against conservative groups that use the phrase.
“Hate speech is an integral part of the American experience,” Justice Samuel Alito said in the court’s opinion.
“That includes a fair and balanced debate about the meaning of words, but also the right to say things that are offensive to others, or to make them feel uncomfortable, and to engage in violence.”
The ruling by the court also found that Fox had violated the law by publishing the report that led to the lawsuit against Kelly, who was then at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network.
In February, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of a man claiming that he was fired from a local newspaper after writing about a man in a car who used a racial slur.
“I think it was unfortunate that the news media decided to take the position that it was OK to use this offensive term,” said Scott Olson, who founded the Free Speech Coalition, a conservative media watchdog group.
“But the truth is, if you look at the history of the First Amendments, it is very clear that the First amendment applies to all speech, and this decision was not about the First.
It was about First Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly what they have to protect.”
A version of this story was originally published on ABC News.