Kansas censors university professors' speech on social media

The Kansas Board of Regents has enacted a strict new rule on what employees are allowed to say on Twitter and Facebook, which critics say violates the First Amendment and academic freedom.

The controversial policy was triggered by an equally controversial tweet posted last September by David Guth, an associate journalism professor. Reacting to a lone gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., he wrote: "The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters."


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  1. As long as it is clear he is speaking on his own behalf and not as a representative of the school, his speech should be protected. If his account is in any way tied to the school, then he is speaking as a representative of the school, and cannot exercise his right to free speech in that capacity.

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