Supreme Transparency
  • Term
  • 2023-2024

Lindke v. Freed

Consolidated with O’Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier

Lindke v. Freed involves public officials’ use of social media and the permissibility of blocking constituents who criticize them. In Lindke, the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of a city official who blocked a constituent from his Facebook page, holding that in doing so he was acting as a private citizen and not on behalf of the government. Petitioners argue that cutting off access to a public official violates the First Amendment. This case was argued alongside O’Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier, in which the lower court came to the opposite conclusion in a similar case.

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