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Speaker Bonnen sued in Federal Court for 1st amendment violations, blocking critics on Facebook

Discussion in 'Politics' started by OFFascist, May 16, 2019.

  1. OFFascist

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    I hope the tax payers won't have to pay bonehead's attorney fees. But even if they do, it will still get his attention.

    It looks like Lone Star Gun Rights may be getting a new member or at least a small donation.
     
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    How many threads we gonna start on this one?
     
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    People really expect to have absolute First Amendment rights on Facebook? Waste of money to sue for that. I have limited access to my Facebook pages for a select group of individuals. Am I violating everybody's right to free speech in America by blocking folks from my page? Sounds like a boneheaded lawsuit to me. This forum has the right to block people from accessing it and does ban them. Is this forum violating peoples free speech rights by blocking them. No. You can also be counter sued for filing bogus law suits to recover legal costs. FaceBook is a corporation not a government institution.
     
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  7. Southpaw

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    I don't believe his account is a personal one, rather tied to his public office thereby required to be open to all the public to comment about his public service. Also, the blocking they are complaining about is not being done by Facebook, it's being done by him and/or his staff.
     
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    IIRC, federal courts have ruled the Trump can not block anyone on Twitter because his account is used as part of his political office.

    Same would apply here. Regardless of my personal belief on the subject, courts have already made the judgement that when social media is used by a politician to communicate with the public regarding policy the account must be available to everyone.


    His personal account would not be subject to the same standard.


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  10. OFFascist

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    Apparently Bonnen is having his people do some small edits to his Facebook page in response to this lawsuit. They are likely going try and argue it's not a government official's page but rather his page as a "public figure."

    https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2368425006712264&id=100006343621118

    CJ Grisham also got a response back from his public records request on who manages the page.

    https://www.facebook.com/754006761373895/posts/2234663249974898/
     


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