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To District Attorney David Eyster, Assistant DA Dale Trigg, Chief Investigator Andy Alvarado
Regarding Blocking comments on DA Facebook page:
The District Attorney’s public information posts must be available to all, whether it be on the official county website or on Facebook, the site of choice. Your call. But you cannot block access to comment on the site at your discretion.
In June, I raised this issue with you. The block has returned. Please read the attached information, and act accordingly. Otherwise, legal action on behalf of the public and local journalists will be taken.
- American Bar Association’s article “Public Officials: Beware Blocking Critics on Social Media”
- The Knight First Amendment Institute’s article “Social Media for Public Officials 101”
“If a public official uses their account to carry out their role as an elected official, then their page or account is subject to the First Amendment. That means they cannot engage in most forms of censorship such as blocking someone or deleting someone’s comments just because of their subject or opinion. It is also generally unacceptable for the official to ask the platform to delete comments for them.”