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HPD allows unrestricted posting on its Facebook page

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:37 p.m. HST, Sep 06, 2012

The Honolulu Police Department has changed its Facebook posting policy after a federal lawsuit claimed the department arbitrarily deletes posts and bans those who make comments that are unfavorable to the department.

A federal judge said Wednesday the changes regarding public posting makes moot plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction.

KITV reports the department now allows unrestricted posting on the Facebook page. 

Hawaii Defense Foundation’s lawsuit claims that removing comments violates freedom of speech. 

The plaintiffs are the group’s president, Christopher Baker, and Derek Scammon, the group’s assistant director. The lawsuit says numerous comments they posted were removed without explanation and both men were later banned from the page. 

An Oct. 4 hearing is scheduled to determine progress on resolving the lawsuit. 

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localguy wrote:
HPD has a lot to learn about using the internet. Not to fear, they are in good company with others who also censored their facebook pages and were slammed, first saying no, they didn't do it, then confronted with screen snaps, had to admit they lied, finally allowing everyone to post. Free speech is a powerful tool, you can't have it both ways.
on September 7,2012 | 06:27AM
palani wrote:
Yes, but thanks to Representative Kymberly Pine, we now have a new law that prohibits the "use of a computer in the commission of a separate crime to also include knowingly using a computer to pursue, surveil, contact, harass, annoy, or alarm a victim or intended victim of certain offenses."

HPD Facebook poster beware. What you say may be held against you in court.

on September 7,2012 | 07:05AM
kainalu wrote:
I would only add that you're a fool if you think a post on any message board - including this one - is "anonymus". The last thing I'm going to do is go to HPD's page and disparage them, they'll have your name, address, phone number, friends, why time you go to the bathroom within moments.
on September 7,2012 | 07:14AM
IAmSane wrote:
No, I think you might be mistaking the HPD for the NSA. HPD would not be able to see IP addresses that were connecting to their Facebook profile; only the people over at Facebook would be able to see that. Even if they did have your IP address, they would have to subpoena the internet provider to get your name or whatever else. You can also try to mask your IP address by using proxy, Tor, VPN, or just connecting through someone else's WiFi signal. lrn2technology.
on September 7,2012 | 08:35AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Yes, thanks to Pine we can expect harassment charges just like on the front page, Paying out tax payers money to people that just "claim" that someone said this and someone said that, Great. A new 'mode of operendi' to make money. It's a new way to be entrepreneurs in a new method to make money. A new business. You have just ALLOWED your Govt. to delve into personal lives and make it criminal. Pity.
on September 7,2012 | 12:01PM
trollslayer wrote:
I personally think removing comments is never a good idea unless they are offensive or harassment. If you are confident in your message there is no reason to do this and it is healthy to allow people to speak their minds. However, the First Amendment only protects individuals from government interference. The Supreme Court has yet to find that private entities, like Facebook, act like the government when they open their space to individuals to use as public forums for discussion. Until the government sees fit to regulate websites that are the Internet equivalent of your local town square, the owners of these pages are free to censor conduct and speech. Now we get to be the only state with a case like this making national news. When it comes to social media or any new media Hawaii is way to far behind to be out there trying to set precedent. We need to be watching what others are doing who have already been through this years ago. Regarding the Pine comment. The law was not made to go after people arguing online. It is meant for cases like the one in against Mathew Goodman happening in Maui, where he used a computer to try and entice children. And it is consistent to what other states are doing as well. When you or someone you love becomes a victim of harassment, you will see things in a whole new light.
on April 24,2013 | 11:05AM
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