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Political figures blocking constituents on social media is not illegal, but is it right?

In today's digital age we all know that politicians use social media more than ever.
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In today’s digital age we all know that politicians use social media more than ever.

Some politicians have blocked pushy constituents from accessing their page. It may not be illegal, but is it right?

Lora Morrow reached out to Alabama State Senator Tim Melson via his official Facebook page to ask him about a proposed $45 million Lauderdale County Agriculture Center.

“I wanted to know about the bid process. If it was going to be contracts for bid? If they were going to be local contracts? What type of bond issue would be presented? What would be the revenue stream for the school system?” Morrow explained.

Morrow said the senator never answered her questions, instead… “He blocked me immediately. By the time he sent me a private message that said I could get that information from the Secretary of State website, within minutes I said, ‘I did a search and thank you for helping me, but I need more information because it’s not available to me,’ I realized I had been blocked.”

WZDX spoke with Melson who said, “I didn’t want to carry on a social media feud. Social media is not a place to discuss policies. She’s welcomed to attend the Lauderdale Agriculture Authority meeting.”

Morrow believes social media is a platform voters should be able to use to ask political figures important questions.

“A disrespectful action because the person who was elected to this office is responsible to the voters to the constituents, so we need to make sure that he answers these questions because this is a project that will affect generations to come.”

One lawyer tells WZDX, he is not aware of any laws prohibiting a political figure from blocking a constituent.

By the way, Morrow is running for the Alabama House of Representatives.