ACLU warns Cobb sheriff not to block constituents on Facebook

Cobb County, Georgia, Sheriff Neil Warren is seen in this undated file photo.
Cobb County, Georgia, Sheriff Neil Warren is seen in this undated file photo.

Credit: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia issued a warning Wednesday to Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren for allegedly blocking constituents from posting on the official Facebook page of the Sheriff’s Office.

“Courts have been unanimous in ruling that targeted censorship on government social media pages otherwise open for public comment is a violation of the First Amendment,” the organization wrote.

It also quoted its legal director, Sean J. Young, saying, “In this era of unprecedented attacks on our democracy, freedom of speech and the right to criticize our government officials are more important than ever.”

Glenn Daniel, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said they have not “officially received” a letter from the ACLU.

“When we do will correspond back to them,” he wrote.