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Can Government Officials Block You Online?

Despite what some people say, public officials losing access to their social accounts doesn’t violate the First Amendment. But if public officials block you, that’s a different story.

Government officials use social media to share policy information, discuss current events and even make a case for reelection. Constituents count on access to those platforms to stay up to date on what’s happening in their communities and our government.

So, what happens if a public official doesn’t like what you are saying on their account and blocks you? Our senior fellow for the First Amendment Gene Policinski explains.

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