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From: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-10 6:22 AM 
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people’s free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the U.S. as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice.

The American Civil Liberties Union this week sued Maine Gov. Paul LePage and sent warning letters to Utah’s congressional delegation. It followed recent lawsuits against the governors of Maryland and Kentucky and President Donald Trump.

Trump’s frequent and often unorthodox use of Twitter and allegations he blocks people with dissenting views has raised questions about what elected officials can and cannot do on their official social media pages.

https://apnews.com/3f6074c44e9049428ec522ab47b1b2c1/Free-speech-debate-swirls-as-officials-block-on-social-media

 

 
From: RedBV DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-10 2:00 PM 
To: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 15) 
 8009.2 in reply to 8009.1 

Good . . .

 

 
From: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-10 2:04 PM 
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smile

 

 
From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconAug-13 8:08 AM 
To: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 15) 
 8009.4 in reply to 8009.1 

If the sites or services are owned by a .GOV or similar, there might be an argument there as the ownership implies authority within the sponsorship that cannot arbitrarily block public communications to them.  What happens if the public figure does not have Social Media accounts or public addresses outside the government systems provided as part of the office?

Interesting posit:  What do you do if a person refuses to open surface mail or e-mail messages addressed to him/her/it, arrest them for interfering?

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 

 
 
     

 
From: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-13 9:01 AM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 15) 
 8009.5 in reply to 8009.4 

The argument is over government or specifically government employees who block people. The people pay for that government account. Trump, Gorka are known to block people.

 

 

 
From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconAug-13 11:16 AM 
To: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 15) 
 8009.6 in reply to 8009.5 

Does the government pay for Trump and other personal Tweet accounts?  Last I heard, they were free and NOT backed by government managers.

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 

 
From: benimdid1 DelphiPlus Member IconAug-13 11:46 AM 
To: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 15) 
 8009.7 in reply to 8009.1 

He is a punk who can't take criticism

 

 
 
     

 
From: RedBV DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-13 12:06 PM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 15) 
 8009.8 in reply to 8009.4 

Tried paid by the govt . . .

 

 
From: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-13 12:28 PM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 15) 
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Yes, they are paid by the government (taxpayers) and they are not 'free'.

Personal accounts are not part of the debate. It's the government paid accounts.

 

 

 
From: Stephierawx4 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-13 12:33 PM 
To: benimdid1 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 15) 
 8009.10 in reply to 8009.7 

Yep. He blocked my mother for speaking up about the tape where he talks about grabbing women by the kitty cat. This was during the Women's March. So it wasn't his personal account. She remains  blocked from his official government paid account. 

She used a picture of a kitty cat. lol

It probably upset him or one of his staff.

Gorka is another one blocking critics.

My mother made one recent post criticizing him and was immediately blocked.

 

 

 

 

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