Social Media & The First Amendment: 
Learning to Avoid Facebook Foibles and Twitter Trip-ups

May 18, 2021 | 2pm ET

Mark Weaver is an attorney and government communications expert with three decades of experience across the country. Starting his career as a city public information officer, he rose to become a communications director with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and then spokesman for the United States Department of Justice in Washington. After working as a national communications consultant in D.C., he accepted an appointment as the Deputy Attorney General of Ohio, where he managed all the communications and web staff for that office. He has worked with a wide array of public & private sector clients on PR, media relations, social media, and crisis communications. And he has lectured around the country on a variety of communications, legal, and social media topics.

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John Wesley Brett is Director of Communications and Online Accessibility Officer for the Falls Church City Public Schools. John leads the creation of accessible communications through websites, newsletters, mobile apps, and social media for the International Baccalaureate Continuum school division.

More than 6,000 subscribers in 34 countries received the FCCPS “Morning Announcements” newsletter he created in 2010 to share the going on's in and out of FCCPS schools and classrooms.

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What do you do when a comment appears on your social media feed that’s contrary to your agency's values or ignites controversy with the public? Do you know what you can (and cannot) post during a crisis, like a pandemic or civil unrest? Knowing how the First Amendment applies to your social media can protect you from a lawsuit, legal fees, and damages.
Join us at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, May 18th for a special live training with expert speaker and attorney, Mark Weaver as he discusses how you can mitigate the inherent risks that come with having an online presence. This won’t be dry legal humdrum - expect funny, real life examples that will optimize your social media strategy!

You will learn:

  • Practical tips to mitigate negative social interaction
  • The risks of violating First Amendment rights through comment moderation
  • The First Amendment protections people have on social media 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website and in this webinar does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available are for general informational purposes only.

Join Attorney Mark Weaver for a special free training on drawing the line between trolls and the First Amendment