J’aime Morgaine, the woman who sued Rep. Paul Gosar for blocking her from his Facebook page, remains at the center of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court.
The Arizona chapter of ACLU showed interest in Morgaine’s case after she filed it in September, but waited until more of Gosar’s constituents complained about being blocked. After Gosar, R-Prescott, took heat for blocking Morgaine’s remarks, and for defending his right to do so, he gave in and unblocked her from his page.
“Welcome back to my Facebook, @JMorgaine. The floor’s all yours,” Gosar said in a Facebook message to her in October.
Morgaine voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit in February, but the ACLU picked it up, filing a new complaint April 10 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
ACLU lawyers are looking at the legality of elected officials blocking constituents on social media, breaking new ground in that area. One of the things that’s changed since the Facebook flap is the House of Representatives issued an internal memorandum shaping changes in social media policy language for House members, Morgaine said.