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Social Media, First Amendment and Government: What Are the New Rules of Engagement?

Elected officials and government entities are becoming more accessible and connected to constituents through social media. The 21st century question is what may government entities and elected officials do and not do to block or otherwise regulate the public’s participation in their social media accounts? Join Deborah Fox, Chair of Meyers Nave’s First Amendment Practice, and Of Counsel Margaret Rosequist for a webinar on March 24 about the state of the law regarding this nuanced area of constitutional concern.

Deborah and Meg will explain the legal standards as developed in the Circuit Courts and California district courts including the Second Circuit’s landmark decision in Knight v. Trump. The webinar includes practical advice for complying with this emerging area of law, as well as discussion of Twitter’s permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump and Facebook’s indefinite suspension of Trump's accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Key questions the webinar will address include:

  • May government entities and elected officials block or regulate public participation on their social media accounts?
  • May elected officials unfriend, deny or not respond to friend requests on Facebook?
  • May people be blocked, muted or unfollowed on Twitter?
  • How should policies be drafted and enforced regarding the public’s use of these social media accounts?

Date: Wednesday, March 24
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: This presentation is a webinar. You will receive an email with log-on instructions 24 hours prior to the webinar.
Cost: Hosted by the San Diego County Bar Association. Attendance is $25 for Members and $55 for Non-Members.
Registration: Please click here to register on the San Diego County Bar Association website.
MCLE: Credit has been approved with the State Bar of California for 1.0 General credit. The San Diego County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider – Provider #2816.