Ordinance on flash mobs wouldn’t hold up in court, says Jacqueline Lipton

No sanctions on using social media to generate unruly flash mobs in Cleveland

WKSU: Mayor Frank Jackson vetoed an ordinance to fine people caught using social media to instigate or participate in a flash mob. Jacqueline Lipton, School of Law professor, said the ordinance would have had a difficult standing up in court. “It’s very difficult to write a law that punishes people for what they say on social media because that’s a content-based restriction on expression, and the First Amendment protects peoples’ right to speech,” she said.