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New Free Speech Rules For Schools in a Snap(chat): Assessing the Supreme Court Decision

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on free speech for students in the social media era at least established this: You can give your school the finger. Beyond that, the main takeaway seems to be that social media remains a place potentially fraught with peril – for students, schools and everyone […]


Social Media And Elected Officials: Navigating Uncharted Territory

By Stephanie York/Hennes Communications Q. I work for a government agency and am an elected official. Our office maintains a social media presence, my campaign maintains a social media presence, and I also have a personal Facebook page. What should I do to be sure my “personal” pages are not subject to public records law? […]


Not On My Facebook Page: How Smart Companies Deal with Dumb Online Trolls

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications The reaction is typical. Watch what happens when a business, organization or news outlet removes a user’s post from a Facebook page, website or comment string. “Censorship!” “You’re violating my free speech rights!” “You’re trashing the First Amendment!” Well, no. None of that has happened. The laws around social media use […]


How Free Is Free Speech On Social Media? The Courts Are Weighing In

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications The wild west of social media just keeps getting wilder, doesn’t it? Consider these court rulings, from the past few months: In Virginia, a federal appeals court ruled that an elected official violated the First Amendment by temporarily blocking a constituent on Facebook, the Washington Post reported. In Northeast Ohio, a […]


A National Debate Grows Louder: The Free Press Makes Its Case For The Free Press

By Thom Fladung/Hennes Communications Spurred by The Boston Globe, more than 300 newspaper editorial boards answered the call to stage a coordinated effort to publish editorials on the same day, August 16, defending the role of a free press and, in many cases, decrying President Trump’s attacks on the news media. “We are not the […]


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