Supreme Court Decides If Politicos Can Block Critics Via Social Media

Local elected officials have confronted this debate over the years . . . Surprisingly, the only institution to block TKC has been The Kansas City Star . . . Meanwhile, because we're always open to read whatever ANYBODY has to write to us . . . We've only blocked a handful of trolls and (thankfully) haven't ever been blocked by any elected officials.

Still . . . The issue of "the right to block" remains an open question for elected officials. 

Our BEST & BRIGHTEST readers recently sent us an update on the topic and legal the ongoing legal debate . . .

The issue of what constitutes a First Amendment violation when it comes to blocking others on Twitter and other platforms did not go away, and as the New York Times reports, the court has decided to take up two cases involving low-profile public officials . . . The question before the court, as the Times explains, is whether the elected or public officials were engaging in "state action" on social media, or acting as private citizens.

If they decide it was the former, that would be protected by the First Amendment, and blocking critics on social media could be seen as unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Elected Officials Can Block People On Twitter

Our current, staunchly conservative and largely older Supreme Court is going to show the world how much they understand about social media next term, taking up a case about who can block whom on social media.

Supreme Court takes social media cases with echoes of Trump

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether public officials can block critics from commenting on their social media accounts, an issue that previously came up in a case involving former President Donald Trump. Two years ago the Supreme Court dismissed a case over Trump's efforts to block critics from his personal Twitter account.

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Officials Can Block Critics on Social Media

The justices agreed to hear a pair of cases on what the First Amendment has to say about social media accounts maintained by elected officials. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share.

Supreme Court to decide if First Amendment stops government officials from blocking social media critics | CNN Politics

The Supreme Court said Monday that it will consider whether the First Amendment protects social media users from being blocked from commenting on the personal pages that government officials use to communicate actions related to their duties.

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