Thursday, January 14, 2016

Carney withdraws bill on posts from life-threatening events

(AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker has withdrawn his bill that would have barred people from posting information identifying people involved in life-threatening events on social media for one hour.

State Rep. Bam Carney said Thursday he wanted to start a conversation about people using social media to quickly share news of tragic events they witnessed.

Carney says that was accomplished with media attention of his bill. He says that too often, people find out about tragedies involving loved ones through social media before hearing from authorities.

First Amendment expert and Louisville lawyer Jon Fleischaker had said the bill amounted to "prior restraint" and was unconstitutional.

The bill proposed fines for violators. It would have made exceptions for news media, victims of the event and emergency responders at the event.