Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

Posted in: Censorship at 24/05/2018 15:13

President Trump's decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump's effort to silence his critics is not permissible because the digital space in which he engages with constituents is a public forum.

The ruling rejects administration arguments that the First Amendment does not apply to Trump in this case because he was acting as a private individual. In a 75-page decision, Judge Naomi Buchwald said Trump, as a federal official, is not exempt from constitutional obligations to refrain from "viewpoint discrimination."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/23/trump-cannot-block-twitter-users-for-their-political-views-court-rules/

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No, Twitter still isn’t subject to the First Amendment — even if a judge said Trump’s account is
President Trump violated the constitutional rights of Americans when he blocked some of his Twitter followers after they criticized him politically, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald identifies, for the first time, parts of Trump's Twitter account as a public forum that is subject to First Amendment protections.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/23/no-twitter-still-doesnt-have-to-abide-by-the-first-amendment-even-if-trump-does/

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