Jul 10, 2019
Trump blocking Twitter critics unconstitutional, court rules
President Donald Trump is violating free speech laws by blocking critics on Twitter, a New York federal appeals court has ruled. Officials using social media accounts were not allowed to silence people who disagreed with them, the judge said. President Trump's lawyers argued that his Twitter account was a personal one and not subject to those rules. In its ruling, the appeals court said: "The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilises a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees." Another case heard in Virginia ruled in favour of resident Brian Davison, who had been blocked from the Facebook page of a local public official.
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