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BREAKING District Attorney Mike Piecuch’s Controversial Social Media Page Down


By Hilde Kate Lysiak

October 30, 2018

Two weeks after a judge ordered that Republican District Attorney Mike Piecuch couldn’t block people who had views he disagreed with on his government social media site the entire page appears to have been taken down.

The dispute began when District Attorney Mike Piecuch began banning private citizens from his government page.

One of those citizens, Vince Stoops, took him to court.

On October 16 Judge Matthew W. Brann told Piecuch that he was wrong and not allowed, as a government official, to ban private citizens social media accounts from the government page. The judge ordered him to immediately unblock the accounts on October 16th.

The court order read: (READ FULL ORDER BELOW)

“The defendant, Michael Piecuch in his official capacity as district attorney of Snyder County, Pennsylvania, shall insure that the twitter account @grovecitizen and Face book accounts, @selinsgroveconcernedcitizens and @thevincentstoops operated by the plaintiff, Vince Stoops, are not blocked from official government social media operated by the office of Snyder County District attorney.”

10-24 SnyCo DA FB Post

However, nine days had passed and Stoops says he remained unable to comment on posts, according to a screenshot sent to the OSN (SCREENSHOT ABOVE).

The screenshot showed that while Stoops could view the page, he is not allowed to comment on posts like other citizens. Stoops also provided a timestamp image to the OSN that shows it was taken within the last twelve hours.

But when confronted with Stoops claim, Piecuch answered with screenshots of his own that he showed to the OSN, which appeared to indicate that no one has been banned from the page. (SEE BELOW)

screenshot of FB banned accounts_Oct 25 2018

“Mr. Stoops was unbanned on September 23, 2018, which was before the consent order was filed, and no one is currently banned from the @SnyderCountyDA account,” Piecuch wrote in an email to the OSN.
“I would hope you aren’t publishing any false information,” the District Attorney added.
The OSN sent a screenshot of Stoops page to Piecuch and asked for an explanation on why Stoops cannot comment.
“I don’t know,” he answered.

Now two days after the OSN questioned Piecuch about the judge’s order, the entire page is unable to be accessed.

RELATED This is only the latest controversy involving social media for the District Attorney. (SEE VIDEO AT TOP OF STORY)

2 comments on “BREAKING District Attorney Mike Piecuch’s Controversial Social Media Page Down

  1. David Rice
    October 30, 2018

    It appears that the D.A. would rather shut down the Facebook page than to let intelligent educated people to post comments about his behavior. Gosh, how very Republican Party of him.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bob Lamm
    October 30, 2018

    Obviously your outstanding work is having an impact.

    Liked by 1 person

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