Harvard Prof. Tribe Argues LinkedIn Violated 1st Amend.

By Dorothy Atkins (July 27, 2017, 10:14 PM EDT) -- Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, arguing on behalf of a job-search start-up, told a California federal judge Thursday that LinkedIn has violated the company's First Amendment rights by prohibiting it from accessing public user data, arguing that letting LinkedIn choose who can access the site will have grave constitutional consequences.

Tribe, who is a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, told U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen that social media sites like LinkedIn Corp. and Facebook Inc. are the modern equivalent of the town square, echoing the Supreme Court's recent findings in its June decision in Packingham v. North...

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