ACLU: New OCDA Social Media Policy Still Unconstitutional
In a scathing letter last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California took the Orange County District Attorney’s office to task for scrubbing critical comments from its social media platforms. The civil liberties group argued that the offense, including blocking certain users, amounted to an unconstitutional suppression of free speech. A few days before the ACLU’s set deadline for a response, the agency acknowledged the civil liberties group made some “valid points.”
Accordingly, the OCDA introduced a new social media policy meant to alleviate concerns and all seemed copacetic. It’s now linked on district attorney Tony Rackauckas’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. But the ACLU sent the DA a new letter yesterday stating that his agency’s guidelines were too vague and prohibitive to be corrective.
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