MD Governor Larry Hogan settled a suit for $65,000 in April for blocking almost 500 constituents

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Gov. Larry Hogan will keep his official Facebook page open to critical viewpoints under a settlement reached with the ACLU of Maryland and several individuals who claimed in a federal lawsuit that they were banned or blocked for expressing opinions contrary to those of the Republican governor.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said Monday the settlement was a “victory for the free speech rights of constituents.” The agreement includes a $65,000 payment by the state to the plaintiffs and requires Hogan to rewrite his social media policies.