First Amendment

S.C. Prisoner Challenges Bill Preventing Inmates’ Use of Facebook, Other Social Networks

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Should prisoners be able to access Facebook and other social networks? South Carolina became the latest venue for this debate, as an inmate in the state created an online petition seeking to block a bill sponsored by state Rep. Wendell Gilliard (D- Charleston) that would prohibit inmates from having social media accounts or assisting other inmates in obtaining them, Charleston newspaper The Post and Courier reported.

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Court Sides With Student Who Ranted About Faculty Member On Facebook

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As more and more middle school and high school students log onto Facebook, courts have had to reassess the definition of virtual free speech. Many younger members use Facebook to vent frustration, but when posts are aimed toward teachers and faculty members, where is the line drawn? A Minnesota court recently ruled in favor of a 12-year-old student who posted unfavorably about a school staff member on Facebook, citing that the school’s demand for her social media passwords violated First and Fourth Amendment rights.

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