Twitter Users Blocked by Trump Seek Reprieve, Citing First Amendment

Posted in: Censorship at 07/06/2017 20:15

Lawyers for Twitter users blocked by President Trump after they criticized or mocked him are asking him to reverse the moves, arguing that the Constitution bars him from blocking people on the social media service.

The request raises novel legal issues stemming from Mr. Trump’s use of his Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, to make statements about public policy. In a letter sent to Mr. Trump on Tuesday, lawyers for several users he has blocked argued that his account was a “public forum” from which the government may not constitutionally exclude people because it disagrees with views they have expressed.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/us/politics/trump-twitter-first-amendment.html

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Trump's blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute
A free-speech institute on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding the prolific tweeter unblock certain Twitter users on grounds the practice violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump's @realDonaldTrump account recently blocked a number of accounts that replied to his tweets with commentary that criticized, mocked or disagreed with his actions. Twitter users are unable to see or respond to tweets from accounts that block them.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-twitter-idUKKBN18X2LR

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