You are correct (as noted in my comment above).
It’s surprising how many social media experts and government people think that government use of social media and crowd-sourcing tools can circumvent First Amendment freedom of speech rights, public records request and retention requirements, and various gradations of Sunshine…[Read more]
Hope OKeeffe’s comment below is correct — the Honolulu police department has been using Facebook as a limited purpose public forum. Consequently, if the police department deletes a comment based on viewpoint (or other protected speech), then that government agency is violating First Amendment freedom of speech rights.
The Honolulu government is…[Read more]
Government agencies that want a safe approach to social media should check-out Peak Democracy Inc’s Open Town Hall online public comment forums. Open Town Hall online forums are structured to have the order and decorum of a government public hearing — and accordingly, the online forums are civil and legal as well as easy and inexpensive to…[Read more]
I agree with your perspective.
Peak Democracy Inc’s Open Town Hall online public comment forums implement your caveats.
Open Town Hall is structured to follow the order and decorum of government meetings, so the online forums are legal as well as civil.