UNC students celebrated the right to free speech Tuesday — and learned why, for student athletes, that right is limited.
The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy organized a panel Tuesday called “Why Can’t We Tweet? The First Amendment, UNC Athletes and Social Media” to discuss why the social media accounts of student athletes are closely monitored.
The panel was part of UNC’s fourth annual First Amendment Day celebration.
The panelists at the forum included UNC Associate Athletic Director Paul Pogge, professor of exercise and sport science Barbara Osborne, UNC field hockey team member Meghan Lyons, and The Daily Tar Heel Sports Editor Brandon Moree.
The issue of athletes’ free speech comes into question with the use of Varsity Monitor, a third party monitoring system used by the athletic department to access athletes’ social media accounts to oversee posts.