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Trump Banned From Blocking People On Twitter

The President, Mr. Twitter fingers himself (Donald Trump) has been prohibited from blocking people on Twitter. Apparently it is against the law for President Trump to block his critics from the Twitter feed he regularly uses to communicate with the public regarding any presidential news.

The decision from the New York-based appeals court upholds an earlier ruling that Trump violated the First Amendment of the people blocked when he blocked individual users who were critical of the president or his policies.

If you’re a public official who takes to social media for official government business, then you cannot exclude anyone on the basis of them not agreeing with you. Trump’s Twitter habits through his @realDonaldTrump account were central to the case brought by seven people blocked after posting disapproving comments in 2017.

The First Amendment prevents the government from blocking or excluding views it disagrees with as “viewpoint discrimination.” The Supreme Court has not directly addressed how the law applies to expanding digital spaces for public debate, and the case involving the president’s account — with more than 61 million followers — was a high-profile legal test.

“This decision will ensure that people aren’t excluded from these forums simply because of their viewpoints. It will help ensure the integrity and vitality of digital spaces that are increasingly important to our democracy.” ~  Knight Institute Executive Director Jameel Jaffer said in a statement after the ruling.

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