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Judge rules that President Trump can't block people on Twitter


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President Trump’s love of Twitter has long been a source of controversy, especially as he has habit of blocking people. Now, a federal judge has ruled that this is a violation of people’s First Amendment rights. Additionally, the court said that he most unblock all previously blocked users.

The situation began back in June last year, when free-speech group the Knight First Amendment Institute at New York's Columbia University sent a letter to Trump demanding he unblocks accounts. It claimed those who had been blocked are having their free speech protections violated.

Trump’s administration failed to respond, leading to the group filing a lawsuit on behalf of seven blocked Twitter users in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A big part of the lawsuit rested on whether Twitter qualified as a public forum. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that it does, meaning that the President blocking users is unconstitutional in that it violates their right to free speech.

"This case requires us 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 President of the United States," wrote the judge. "The answer to both questions is no."

Trump’s social media manager, Daniel Scavino, is also implicated in this lawsuit, as were Hope Hicks and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, both of whom were dismissed as defendants.

Trump argued that as he does much of his tweeting from a personal account, the “public forum” designation doesn’t apply.

Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and are considering our next steps.”

No injunction has been issued forcing Trump and Scavino to unblock users. It appears that many of them are still blocked.

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It is a curious fact that Trump does this even virtually.

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Interesting....
I am impartial to this but this is what comes to my mind...
 

If Trump's account is considered public account then what is the category that set the boundary of it being only as private?
Trump will surely argue that having a block button available is a sign that he has the right to do so, and since the account is in his name and not of a department or public entity like a gov't, organization or corporation.

Others, will argue that since he is a public figure then his account should be considered public then this means all accounts of celebrity and famous people should be treated as public no matter how it was set.
The latter case will also force cloud servers to make public all files and pictures of celebrity of famous people, including politicians and their respective family, as public; Surely if this is the case we will have another "fappening" happening again. :rolleyes:
All forums and sites with accounts associations in it will be forced to make the inboxes of famous member as available to be read by the public.
All those banned accounts will be un-banned so that free speech is not violated no matter if it's just spamming the board.

Trump will win the appeal unless their justice department didn't consider the implications of their biased ruling.
Nah! Trump is a private account. End of discussion. B)

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