Judge Blocks Missouri Facebook Law

On August 2 we posted an article about a new law set to go into effect in Missouri prohibiting on-line communications between teachers and students that seemed to have some potentially problematic language in it. Late last week a Missouri judge issued an injunction preventing the new law from going into effect.  Apparently, the law was challenged by the Misouri State Teachers Association, arguing that the law would violate First Amendment protections afforded to teachers who communicate with students over social networking websites.  In the order, the judge noted that the lawsuit had a good likelihood of success, that social networking websites are used extensively by teachers, and the law seemed to over-reach where it interfered with communications between teachers and their own children who happen to be students.  This is not a final ruling in the case, so stay tuned.

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