By David G. Savage | Los Angeles Times
The Supreme Court justices sounded divided Tuesday over whether the 1st Amendment forbids public officials who refer to government business on their personal Facebook pages from blocking members of the public who criticize them.
At issue is whether government employees — whether city managers, school board members or even former President Trump — have a free-speech right to refer to government business on their personal social media accounts without giving critics a right to reply.
The justices heard an appeal from two San Diego-area school board members who were sued for violating the free-speech rights of two parents. The board members had blocked Christopher and Kimberly Garnier from their Facebook and Twitter accounts, saying they had posted dozens of repetitive comments to their personal Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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