Honolulu Officials Slammed for Censoring Facebook Criticism

Pissing off people on Facebook is so under-the-radar


Can public agencies censor comments on their social media pages?

Can public agencies be held liable for deleting comments made on their social media pages or for banning users?

The Hawaii Defense Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on civil rights, believes such censorship is wrong and illegal.

The group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the City and County of Honolulu and Capt. Andrew Lum, of the Honolulu Police Department, after their Facebook postings were deleted repeatedly and they were banned from future postings.