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