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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bill Would Prohibit Social Media Posts About Serious Accidents for One Hour

A state legislator in Kentucky recently introduced Kentucky HB 170, which relates to the use of electronic media, including social media.  The bill is pretty short and simple - if passed, it would make it a crime for an individual to post any information identifying a victim of an event that results in a serious physical injury for at least one hour after the event was first witnessed. As an example, if a bystander sees a traffic accident involving serious injuries, he or she is prohibited from posting about the event on Facebook or other social media site for at least an hour.  

Supporters of the legislation argue that it can be tragic for a close relative to find out about a loved one's injuries via social media.  Opponents say the bill is unconstitutional, as a violation of the First Amendment. It's not clear that the bill has any traction, but it will be worth watching.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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