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
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 lucky that the lawsuit doesn’t seek money…
If government agencies want to use the internet for public forums, then they should use a service such as Peak Democracy Inc’s Open Town Hall platform. Open Town Hall is modeled after a public hearing and is designed to enable government agencies to provide online forums that are civil and legal as well as insightful. The platform integrates with social media (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) — but only to generate community awareness and participation.
To learn more about how over 50 government agencies have launched over 700 online public comment forums that have attracted over 80,000 online attendees, go to http://www.PeakDemocracy.com .
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