Settlement requires Arkansas senator to unblock critics

FILE - State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, presides over a Senate committee at the state Capitol...
FILE - State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, presides over a Senate committee at the state Capitol on March 14, 2018, in Little Rock, Ark. The Arkansas state senator will be required to unblock critics from his social media accounts under a settlement a national atheists' group said it reached with the state on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)(Kelly Kissel | AP)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 10:45 AM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas state senator must unblock critics from his social media accounts under a settlement with a national atheists group that had sued him.

American Atheists on Wednesday announced the settlement in its federal lawsuit against Arkansas over Republican Sen. Jason Rapert’s social media.

Rapert will be required to remove any restrictions on his Facebook and Twitter accounts under the settlement. The state will also have to pay the group about $16,000 for expenses related to the case.

American Atheists had argued that blocking critics was a First Amendment violation. Rapert leaves office in January.

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