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. 

Litigation

Press Statement

Knight Institute Comments on Supreme Court Petition Involving Florida Social Media Law

Says case raises critically important questions about free speech online

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Research

Essays and Scholarship

Privacy, Autonomy, and the Dissolution of Markets

Pathways from platform capitalism

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Blog

Deep Dive

Rereading the First Amendment

Exposing the false assumptions that underlie contemporary First Amendment debates

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Wikimedia v. NSA

A lawsuit challenging the NSA’s “Upstream” surveillance

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