Texas A&M secretly blocks words from Facebook page that make it look bad

Aug 26, 2018 by

Selectively citing a religious-liberty case

When a government actor blocks or edits communications from the public on its social media channels, does it violate the First Amendment?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Electronic Frontier Foundation think so, and they’re suing Texas A&M University for setting up a “blacklist” on its Facebook page in response to PETA’s activism.

According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, PETA noticed that its comments on the university’s Facebook page “would quickly disappear.” The animal-rights group was criticizing Texas A&M’s experiments on dogs.

A public-records request for the university’s Facebook and Twitter settings, entered into the record earlier this month, revealed that it was blocking words including “abuse,” “abusers,” “lab” and “peta.” (Other blocked terms include variations on its rival University of Texas-Austin’s “hookem” motto.)

Source: Texas A&M secretly blocks words from Facebook page that make it look bad – The College Fix

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