ACLU Challenges Facebook Censorship
The ACLU of Indiana has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Beechwood and its Police Department. According to the complaint,
[o]n multiple occasions, the City and the Police Department have removed Ms. Quick and Ms. Mays-Miller’s comments and those of other members of the public that are critical or pose questions to the Department, or are deemed negative or unpleasant by the City. They have also blocked Ms. Quick and Ms. Mays-Miller from posting future comments because of the viewpoint of their past postings. The City and the Police Department’s policy and practice of censoring public comments on their Facebook pages on the basis of their viewpoint is a violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and it must be enjoined.
It will be interesting to see how this case develops. However, I would not be surprised to see the parties settle this matter prior to any major ruling by the court.
To read the complaint in its entirety go here.