Trump ordered to stop blocking people on Twitter

25 May, 2018, 23:17 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Critics have a right to critic

A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday (May 23) that President Trump can not block Twitter users for expressing their political views - including Chrissy Teigen, whom he blocked back in 2017.

A federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Trump's "Spygate" claims are made up Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job Seattle Seahawks player: Trump is "an idiot" for saying protesting National Football League players "shouldn't be in the country" MORE can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed over their political views.

The Knight Institute and the individual Twitter users claimed in their lawsuit that by blocking users for their views, Mr Trump was shutting them out of discussion in a public forum, violating the First Amendment. Brief, direct, devastating. All this has converged on federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald's decision to fail that President of United States should not block anyone in his account @realDonaldTrump (37,600 tweets and 52.2 million followers). For a public forum to exist, the government has to own or control it, he said, but in this case, Twitter also controls Trump's account.

Buchwald agreed with the plaintiffs' contention that the discussions arising from Trump's tweets should be considered a public forum.

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The blocked: Along with Cohen, several other Twitter users have accused Trump of blocking them on Twitter. Likewise, consider a related issue under another First Amendment provision, the Establishment Clause-even Supreme Court justices who believe that the government may not endorse religion think that it's fine for government officials to express religious views in their speeches.

"A declaratory judgment should be sufficient, as no government official - including the President - is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared", Buchwald wrote.

Another plaintiff, Rebecca Buckwalter, who is now an editor for the left-leaning website The Daily Kos, was blocked for replying to a June tweet from Mr. Trump that read, "Sorry folks, but if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH".

Trump is yet to make a statement regarding this news, on Twitter or otherwise.

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The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

"The more important social media becomes to the public discourse, the more important it becomes to defend First Amendment rights on social media", DeCell said.

The White House did not give any indication to NPR or others whether the administration will appeal the decision.

Noah Feldman, a Harvard law professor, said he thinks the case was wrongly decided and expects it to be reversed.

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The court, while not going so far as to enter an order against the president and social media director Dan Scavino specifically, ruled more generally that public officials violated users' rights when blocking them on the platform.

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