All this time, Trump was building an unconstitutional wall on Twitter

Lynette PayneMay 24, 2018

"The viewpoint-based exclusion of the individual plaintiffs from that designated public forum is proscribed by the First Amendment and can not be justified by the President's personal First Amendment interests", the judge said.

President Trump is not allowed to block critics from following him on Twitter, a federal judge in NY ruled yesterday. His bio also includes the hashtag #BlockedByTrump.

The Trump case is a little bit different because Twitter doesn't give anyone the ability to post comments directly on Trump's Twitter page. Neely replied, "Congrats and now black lung won't be covered under #TrumpCare".

The suit alleged that when @RealDonaldTrump blocked the plaintiffs in the case after they criticized Trump on Twitter, it constituted "viewpoint discrimination", which is a violation of their First Amendment rights to free speech in a public forum.

The photo, which some said showed the Pope glaring at Mr Trump, was captioned: "This is pretty much how the whole world sees you".

"The President's practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end", he said.

Caplan, who agreed with Buchwald's ruling, said government officials can't choose to listen exclusively to their supporters.

Gu indicated that he strongly agrees with the judge's ruling.

While the ruling narrowly targets the Trump administration and is not binding on other public officials, it establishes an important legal precedent that they will be likely to follow.

After a hearing this year, the judge had suggested that President Trump mute rather than block some of his critics.

Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said in an email: "We respectfully disagree with the court's decision and are considering our next steps".

Per the court decision, Trump is legally obligated to immediately unblock anyone that he's blocked, even on his personal account, as soon as possible. The president's own personal rights can not be exercised "in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him", Buchwald said.

The ruling notes that "the @realDonaldTrump account has been used in the course of the appointment of officers (including cabinet secretaries), the removal of officers, and the conduct of foreign policy".

Eugene Volokh, a University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor who specializes in First Amendment issues, said the decision's effect would reach beyond Trump.

McConnell said he was skeptical of the lawsuit when he first heard about it because Twitter is "really a 21st century way of writing, receiving letters". No harm is done to either party by the president choosing not to respond, and so he is free to do so.

Comedian Dana Goldberg, who said she was blocked by the president but was not a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said she looks forward to getting access restored. The president has more than 52 million followers on Twitter. When that was mentioned during the initial hearing earlier this year, a Justice Department attorney agreed that muting would enable Trump to avoid a tweet he doesn't want to read.

She said she assumed Trump or his social media director Dan Scavino, who also was a defendant in the case, would unblock the users in light of her decision.

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