Michael Cohen replied to the topic Honolulu police sued over deleted Facebook posts – your thoughts? in the forum Communications, Citizen Engagement, Customer Service 7 years, 4 months ago
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 ordinances.
Government agencies that use Facebook, Twitter, blogs or crowd-sourcing tools to inform policy development are at risk of law suits if protected language is edited or removed (and most language is protected under the First Amendment).
For more information about how to manage those legal risks in order to have government online forums that are civil and insightful — as well as legal, contact Peak Democracy Inc (http://www.PeakDemocracy.com).
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