(Editor’s Note: As the Court stated in Tinker v Des Moines ICSD, students don’t surrender their First Amendment rights when they enter the schoolhouse gate. They don’t surrender their Fourth Amendment rights either! — Mike Tully)
For now, you have to do something overt to attract the attention of campus social justice warriors before they can censor you (post a valid critique of a video game, say, or question the employment rates of Gender Studies majors).
But what if the hordes of radical feminists and experimental art students were able to discover your racist, sexist and discriminatory tendencies before you’d ever set foot on the quad? If one school in Florida has its way, your social media profile could provide plenty of fodder for a Minority Report-style effort to curb aggression on campus.
Orange County school districts, near Orlando, have contracted with a startup called SnapTrends, which designs software for “location-based social media discovery.” While it sounds like the capability would be essential for marketers, SnapTrend actually sells its product as a security tool…