Let’s not get me started on this one….

I know it’s an older article (a few months old… but seriously?)


Facebook posts’ removal prompts federal lawsuit

Madeline Buckley


INDIANAPOLIS – Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley commented on the Beech Grove Police Department’s Facebook page in October commending police for a recent arrest, and noting a decrease in crime from the previous year.

Kymberly Quick, a Beech Grove resident, politely responded. She was skeptical that crime had actually decreased, and questioned whether the mayor’s figures were accurate.

Her post on the department’s Facebook page, a lawsuit alleges, was swiftly removed.

The American Civil Liberties Union in Indiana is suing the city of Beech Grove in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis on behalf of Quick and Deborah Mays-Miller, another woman whos e posts were removed.

The lawsuit contends that the city violated the women’s right to free speech when officials removed polite, yet critical, comments from the department’s Facebook page. Further, the women were later blocked from posting on the page entirely, the suit says.

The case poses the question: Does a government Facebook page have the right to monitor itself, and remove comments it deems critical?

Beech Grove Police Chief Mark Swartz told IndyStar he had no comment as he had not yet seen the complaint.

The lawsuit says the two women, active in the community’s crime prevention initiatives, often posted positive feedback on the page. Occasionally, though, they questioned department policies and information, and its response to various matters.

The department�€! ™s Facebook page has a terms of use warning, stating: “All city of Beech Grove social media content is subject to monitoring. User-generated posts will be rejected or removed, and the user could be blocked.” The page lists possible reasons a user may be blocked, including leveling personal attacks, using obscenities or offensive terms and promoting violence.