It's unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter

Judge Ruled Trump Can't Block People From His Twitter

In her ruling, the district judge said that President Trump's position mean that Twitter should be "properly characterized as a designated public forum".

As such the court was asked to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, "block" a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the US President.

"We respectfully disagree with the court's decision and are considering our next steps", a spokesperson said.

"Given that no government office is above the law, we assume that the president and [Daniel] Scavino will remedy the blockade that we have considered unconstitutional", which the plaintiffs have to request to Trump, says Buchwald.

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which brought the case on behalf of the blocked Verified Liberals, argued that the President had violated the rights of the blocked users by limiting their participation in a public forum.

Twitter, which wasn't a party to the lawsuit, declined to comment.

"The audience for a reply extends more broadly than the sender of the tweet being replied to, and blocking restricts the ability of a blocked user to speak to that audience", the judge wrote.

"The blocking of the individual plaintiffs from the @realDonaldTrump account due to their expressed political views violates the First Amendment", declared the judge, a Clinton appointee who serves on a court in NY.

The judge said the users "were indisputably blocked as a result of viewpoint discrimination" and this was "impermissible under the First Amendment". Trump had tweeted it, and that made it so.

The Department of Justice argued past year that users who are not logged into their Twitter accounts can still see the president's tweets online because they are public.

The president's own personal rights can not be exercised "in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him", Buchwald said.

She added that he could "mute" users, meaning he would not see their tweets while they could still respond to his, without violating their free speech rights. And now another court is holding his own tweets against him to uphold the First Amendment. The president has more than 52 million followers on Twitter. But he has remained unfettered and uses Twitter to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics, especially the media, and the investigation into possible Russian connections with his campaign.

The judge issued what is known as declaratory relief, which states the point of law, as opposed to an injunction that would seek to bar the president from blocking his critics.

It's unclear how many people have been blocked by Trump. As Twitter favors verified users on the platform, while often shadowbanning conservative accounts, liberal and left-leaning responses to the President often appear at the top of his replies. Because Mr. Trump and Mr. Scavino also retain control over the account, she said, it's a government space as well. In last year's ruling about Facebook blocking, the judge held that public officials could do a certain amount of content moderation, provided that it was done in a content-neutral manner.

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