Mayor vetoes social media flash mob crackdown
Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:49:14 GMT —
Cleveland's mayor has vetoed a measure that would have made it a crime to use social media to organize a flash mob.
While that term is often associated with crowds breaking into dance, city council members say teens have used Facebook, Twitter and the like to pull together large gatherings of troublemakers.
The ordinance passed by council would have made summoning a crowd through social media a misdemeanor carrying a $100 fine for a first offense.
The Plain Dealer newspaper reports the veto is the first for Mayor Frank Jackson. He told council members in a letter that he was concerned that the ordinance could interfere with the rights of law-abiding citizens.
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