Federal Judge: President Trump Can’t Block Users on Twitter

Judge President can’t block critics on Twitter

Judge President can’t block critics on Twitter

A district court in NY has ruled that Donald Trump would be violating people's first amendment rights if he were to block them on Twitter.

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.

Doing so violates their First Amendment right to free speech because Twitter is a "public forum", Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in a potentially precedent-setting ruling that could change how public officials use Twitter.

In March, Buchwald recommended Trump mute people he disagrees with rather than block them from viewing or reacting to his tweets.

"The decision may have implications for other government officials' blocking of critics on social media", said Joshua Geltzer, an expert in constitutional law at Georgetown University, "but it doesn't even come close to making all of Twitter a public forum, as the vast majority of the Twittersphere is not being converted into a public forum by government actors". The feature prevents selected accounts from appearing in a user's Twitter mentions - effectively blocking them from Trump's view.

The Justice Department has 60 days to appeal the ruling.

While Jameel Jaffer, executive director of Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, who had filed the lawsuit on behalf of the group said that the President's practice of blocking followers on Twitter is harmful and illegal, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end.

Cohen was blocked by Trump last summer after he posted a image of the president with the words "Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian". "N$3 o government official - including the President - is above the law", she wrote, "and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Donald Trump has made directing scorn on Twitter a defining feature of his presidency.

The case could affect other social media interactions involving public officials.

It argued that the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account is a "public forum" under the First Amendment.

Buchwald said Trump could opt to mute his critics instead. The president has over 52 million followers on the platform and seemingly views it as a vital way to communicate with the public.

"I think this decision is correct", Giampietro said.

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