May 23, 2018

Trump barred from blocking Twitter users by judge

US President Donald Trump may not "Block" Twitter users from viewing his online profile due to their political beliefs, a judge in New York has ruled. The case was brought by The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on behalf of seven Twitter users who had been blocked by Mr Trump for criticising him or mocking him online. "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," the judge said in her opinion. If Mr Trump muted an account, he would not see that user's tweets but the user could still see and respond to his. While some have argued that anyone blocked by Trump can see his tweets by just logging out, that doesn't necessarily give the whole picture.

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