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. 

Reading Room

Transparency & Democracy

Press-related prosecutions under the Espionage Act

Legal filings in Espionage Act prosecutions of individuals accused of disclosing information to the press and public

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Edgar v. Haines

A lawsuit challenging the government's system of "prepublication review"

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Doc Society v. Blinken

A lawsuit challenging the State Department’s social media registration requirement

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Research

Deep Dive

An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media

A look at alternative logics for social media published in connection with “Reimagine the Internet”

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