Judge: Trump violates First Amendment by blocking Twitter critics

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court says President Donald Trump can’t ban critics from his Twitter account.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel agreed with a lower court judge who said Trump violates the First Amendment when he blocks critics.

The ruling came in a case brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. It had sued on behalf of seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing his policies.

The appeals court said the First Amendment does not permit a public official using a social media account for “all manner of official purposes” to exclude people from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they disagree with the official.

Trump has over 60 million Twitter followers.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have never been personally blocked from Twitter, but I know people that have specifically (right-wing), therefore, I would argue that Twitter is far from an “otherwise-open online dialogue”

  2. It may be a stretch but Hopefully, this can give some legal muscle to those on the right that have been banned by twitter and other “public” forums.

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