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Mayor pro tem agrees to unblock activists on Facebook

October 23, 2018 GMT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado elected official agreed to unblock two anti-fracking activists from her official Facebook page as part of an agreement in a lawsuit accusing her of violating free speech rights by censoring her government social media page.

The Denver Post reports the stipulation says Thornton Mayor Pro Tem Jan Kulmann will not block anyone or delete any further comments from her official Facebook page while the lawsuit proceeds.

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The agreement comes after Boulder County commissioner candidate Cliff Willmeng, co-founder of the anti-fracking group East Boulder County United, and Marine Corps reservist Eddie Asher filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver alleging Kulmann deleted their posts on the mayor pro tem’s official Facebook page.

Kulmann’s attorney, Stan Garnett, calls the case a “complete publicity stunt” brought by two individuals campaigning for Proposition 112, the “Safer Setback Initiative.”

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com