A Home Owners Association backtracked from fining members over negative social media posts after residents accused the board of suppressing their First Amendment rights.

Board members at the Vista Lakes Community HOA proposed a policy banning residents from talking critically about the HOA on a private Facebook page and, according to residents, was even using HOA funds to hire a law firm to threaten those who badmouthed the HOA.

“The board proposed a social media policy restricting opinions about board members on Facebook,” reported local outlet ABC 15. “It was dropped after a massive outcry at a community meeting.”

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