Court: Student’s Facebook Messages Are Protected Speech

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“a new North Carolina law that makes it a crime for students to post statements via the Internet that “intimidate or torment faculty.” The move is one of the most aggressive yet by states to police students’ online activity.


But a Minnesota ruling earlier this month shows that this issue likely has a long way to go before it’s settled.


In what may be the first court ruling on the subject, a U.S. District Court in Minnesota earlier this month held that school officials who required a student to provide access to social media accounts violated the student’s First and Fourth Amendment protections.”

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