Rapert’s Social Media Lawsuit

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Attorneys for Republican Conway State Senator Jason Rapert expanded on their courtroom arguments in written responses filed Friday, that a federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit alleging the senator violated the First Amendment by blocking certain people from posting on his social media sites.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard oral arguments earlier this month on a request by the plaintiffs — four individuals and American Atheists Inc. — that she issue a preliminary injunction to force Rapert to restore their ability to comment on his Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Rapert’s attorneys claim he uses these accounts in his personal capacity, his campaigns, his business, and his ministry and they are not, and have never been, official government accounts. The plaintiffs claim that they were blocked or banned from Rapert’s personal social media accounts because of their views.

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