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. 

Advocacy

Press Statement

Knight Institute Responds to Oversight Board's Decision Upholding Suspension of Trump's Facebook Account

Ruling is “thoughtful and persuasive ”; Facebook should implement board’s recommendations quickly, Knight Institute says

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Research

Essays and Scholarship

Is the Administrative State Ready for Big Data?

Exploring the accountability challenges in environmental and public health regulation

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Analysis

Analysis

A First Amendment Agenda for the New Administration

How the Biden administration can reaffirm the freedoms of speech, association, and petition in its first 100 days

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Edgar v. Haines

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

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