Round One in Social Media and First Amendment Rights

I recently wrote an article about a potential class action court case being brought against the President of the United States by the Knight Foundation. In the article, I posited that public servants who use their private social media accounts to make work-related statements may run the risk of causing their accounts to become public domain, considered a government mouthpiece and subject to First Amendment protections. It seems that the first salvo has been fired with regard to legal matters concerning social media and the First Amendment to the US Constitution. In the recent case Brian C. Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, et al, heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, it was held that a local politician had violated the free speech rights of a constituent whom she had banned from her Facebook page. The judge said the case raised important questions about constitutional restrictions that apply to the social media accounts of elected officials. It seems that US jurisprudence is moving in the directions I alluded to in my previous post.

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2 thoughts on “Round One in Social Media and First Amendment Rights”

  1. Is this not a virtualization blog anymore? If so then I’m going to unsubscribe from this rss feed.
    I’m not interested in any politics in my technical feed regardless of subject matter.

    1. I respect your view. however I would not consider any of my posts political, as they consider the legal implications of technical decisions and do not take a polictical position.

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