Judge rules Trump can't block individuals from his Twitter feed


On Wednesday, a judge in NY described the president's Twitter account as a public forum, and said blocking Twitter users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Furthermore, the second part of the judge's ruling, that public figures have no right to block users on social media in response to their political views, also has implications that range far beyond Trump.

But if Mr Trump muted an account, he would not see that user's tweets but the user could still see and respond to his.

Trump's lawyers and the White House director of social networks, Daniel Scavino, said the president had a right to decide who had access to his private twitter account.

US President Donald Trump can not legally block people from viewing his Twitter account based on their political views, a NY judge ruled on Wednesday. "The answer to both questions is no", she concluded.

Buchwald stopped short of accepting the request for an injunction against Trump and his social media aide, Dan Scavino, who was also named in the complaint, saying she expected the White House to abide by her "declaratory" ruling.

While the court has ruled the blocking is unconstitutional, it said the ability to mute a person was not - and so the safe space nurtured by the president and his social media team will remain mostly intact. In an email to The Associated Press, department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, "We respectfully disagree with the court's decision and are considering our next steps". She rejected the president's defense that the First Amendment didn't apply, and "the President's personal First Amendment interests supersede those of the plaintiffs", the Knight First Amendment Institute and others.

However, the Federal District Court for the Southern District of NY found that this was not the case.

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"The President's practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end", he said.

Trump might have had a better argument for blocking his critics on Twitter, but he's the one who made a decision to turn his personal account into an official arm of the presidency.

These claimants can not view Trumps tweets, reply to them or see the comments thread underneath them.

Twitter users can block people, which prevents them from seeing the user's feed while logged in.

"My concern at the time, was this guy, with so much responsibility, who has all the nuclear codes, is so careless with a platform that is so powerful that he makes typos and doesn't care about it", Gu said Wednesday.

It's not clear, as of this writing, how many Twitter users Trump has blocked - it could be a few dozen, it could be thousands. Scores of users identify themselves as such with the hashtag #BlockedByTrump.

Donald Trump has broken the United States Constitution, a NY district court ruled Wednesday, putting the U.S. president in legal hot water.

Justice Department attorneys argued that the account was personal and therefore immune to those claims.

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