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Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin is not entitled to qualified immunity in a viewpoint discrimination suit brought by a man who was blocked from Griffin’s Facebook page, a federal court in New Mexico ruled, finding that a public official violates the First Amendment by “establishing a Facebook page as a public forum and then blocking people from that page because their views differed from the public official’s views.”

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin is not entitled to qualified immunity in a viewpoint discrimination suit brought by a man who was blocked from Griffin’s Facebook page, a federal court in New Mexico ruled, finding that a public official violates the First Amendment by “establishing a Facebook page as a public forum and then blocking people from that page because their views differed from the public official’s views.”

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