On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland filed against Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for blocking people with different points of view. Hogan allegedly deleted their comments from his official Facebook page.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of four people, who said their First Amendment rights were violated due to Hogan’s actions.
The legal director for the ACLU of Maryland, Deborah Jeon, said in a statement that the “First Amendment is to protect the right of Americans to engage in political speech and to petition the government to address their concerns.”The comments were labeled spam and posters were banned. Over the past two years, approximately 450 Facebook users had been banned from posting on Hogan’s official page. According to Hogan’s office, half of those banned utilized abusive language in their comments. The other half were banned for behavior described as coordinated and political “spam” attack.
Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s spokeswoman, described the lawsuit as “frivolous.” She defended the Governor and his office, saying his staff would continue to “remove all hateful and violent content,” as well as “coordinated spam attacks.” She suggested the ACLU focus on more important issues.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and President Donald Trump are facing similar lawsuits.