President Donald Trump is not allowed to block Twitter users because it’s discriminatory and unconstitutional behavior, a US court has ruled.
A US Court of Appeals issued its decision Tuesday, and ruled that free speech under the First Amendment doesn’t allow Trump to block users from open online discourse.
Tuesday’s ruling upholds a lower court ruling from 2018 that Trump’s blocking of users was “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.”
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A federal court ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump cannot block people from viewing his Twitter account because it’s considered unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Under the ruling, Trump is not allowed to block users on a publicly available platform if he disagrees with their viewpoints. Trump has used his “@RealDonaldTrump” Twitter account in an official capacity throughout his presidency to announce policy changes, share his opinions, and react to critics.
“The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes 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,” the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit said in its ruling.
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