Public Officials and Social Media
Melinda Beck

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Public Officials and Social Media

Through groundbreaking litigation such as Knight Institute v. Trump—a lawsuit challenging former President Trump's practice of blocking critics from his Twitter account—the Institute has been instrumental in establishing a basic principle: once public officials open up an online space for expressive activity to the public at large, the First Amendment prohibits them from excluding speakers on the basis of viewpoint. Courts throughout the country have invoked this case to preclude other public officials from silencing their social media critics. 

This blog channel highlights the Institute’s ongoing work in this area and explores the many challenging First Amendment questions that continue to emerge. 

Event

Event

Spyware and the Press

A discussion about the threat that malicious surveillance technology poses to press freedom around the world

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Dada v. NSO Group

A case challenging the use of spyware against journalists

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Research

Quick Take

New “Lies” Essays Explore Investigative Deceptions, Conspiracy Theories, and Government Speech and Counterspeech

       

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Litigation

Amicus Brief

Moody v. NetChoice

Eleventh Circuit case challenging new law regulating social media platforms

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