Federal Judge Rules Trump Can’t Block Users on Twitter


A Federal judge ruled on Wednesday that it is unconstitutional for President Donald Trump to block other users on Twitter.

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Twitter was a "designated public forum" and ruled Trump blocking Americans violates the First Amendment rights of those users, CNBC reports.

The case was brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven other plaintiffs who Trump blocked from @realDonaldTrump, a 9-year-old account on Twitter. When Trump blocked the users on the social media platform, it prevented them from viewing or responding to his tweets.

"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," Buchwald said in her 75-page opinion. "The answer to both questions is no."

Jameel Jaffer, the executive director of the Knight Institute, was happy with the ruling from Buchwald.

"We're pleased with the court's decision, which reflects a careful application of core First Amendment principles to government censorship on a new communications platform," Jaffer said.

White House Social Media director Dan Scavino was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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