Judge Rules that It's Unconstitutional for President Trump to Block You on Twitter
Donald Trump cannot block you on Twitter
As you probably already know, President Donald Trump is a prolific tweeter. He’s also someone who doesn’t mind blocking critics, if need be.
On Wednesday, a New York federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump can’t block people from his Twitter account. In her ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said that blocking someone violates the First Amendment.
In her ruling, Judge Buchwald wrote:
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 answer to both questions is no.
The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven other plaintiffs who all said that they were blocked by Trump.
The Knight First Amendment Institute Institute’s executive director, Jameel Jaffer, released a statement after the ruling:
We’re pleased with the court’s decision, which reflects a careful application of core First Amendment principles to government censorship on a new communications platform…The President’s practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end.
Donald Trump has not responded to the ruling. Maybe he will tweet about it?