SC lawmakers may get sued over social media blocking

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A lawyer for the South Carolina House is recommending representatives stop blocking anyone on their social media pages who have not harassed or threatened them.

The State newspaper reports attorney Michael Anzelmo told legislators at a recent House Republican Caucus meeting if they don’t unblock people, they may face a free speech lawsuit they will have to fight on their own.

Recent lawsuits have found that social media pages deserve the same free speech protections as a 20th century town hall meeting.

Rep. Neal Collins recently was sent a letter threatening to sue if he doesn’t unblock people on his social media.

The Easley Republican says he blocked people who lied about his record. Collins said at a physical meeting he could stop harassment or prevent someone from taking over.

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