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Supreme Court Rules Public Officials Can Be Sued for Blocking Critics on Social Media

The cases forced the court to deal with the competing free speech rights of public officials and their constituents, all in a rapidly evolving virtual world.

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Supreme Court Considers Whether Public Officials Can Block Critics on Social Media

The two cases are the first of several controversies appearing before the high court in the coming months about free speech protections online.

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Supreme Court to Consider Scope of Public Officials Blocking Critics from Social Media Accounts

The Supreme Court agreed April 24 to hear two cases that question whether the First Amendment protects users from being blocked from social media accounts run by public officials.

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