United States judge: Trump can not block Twitter users

Federal Judge rules Trump can’t block people on Twitter

Federal Judge rules Trump can’t block people on Twitter

Donald Trump uses his Twitter account for policy and diplomatic announcements as well as to lash out at the media and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

US President Donald Trump may not "block" Twitter users from viewing his online profile due to their political beliefs, a judge in NY has ruled.

She also pointed out that the National Archives considers @realDonaldTrump an official government document and requires that tweets be preserved as White House records.

There was no immediate response to the ruling from the White House.

The wording of the judge's ruling is unambiguous on this point, stating "the viewpoint-based exclusion of the individual plaintiffs from that designated public forum is prescribed by the First Amendment".

The First Amendment was filed against Trump by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Colombia University, along with a handful of other Twitter users.

She was blocked a year ago after tweeting to Mr. Trump: "To be fair you didn't win the WH: Russia won it for you".

"I sued the president, and I won", Ms. Buckwalter Poza said on Twitter.

But the judge's decision leaves open the possibility that Trump could ignore the ruling altogether. "I can just check his Twitter feed instead of Google his morning tirades", she said.

But if Mr Trump muted an account, he would not see that user's tweets but the user could still see and respond to his.

Mr Trump has over 52 million followers on Twitter, his preferred social media platform which he joined in March 2009.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in NY ruled Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.

"The answer to both questions is no", Buchwald said in her 75-page judgement.

Buchwald declined to wade into a "legal thicket" over the matter, saying she assumes that Trump or his social media director Dan Scavino, would go ahead an do it in the absence of an order.

Judge Buchwald said that proved he was engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

The US Justice Department, which represented Trump in the case, said it "respectfully disagreed with the court's decision and are considering our next steps".

As such, he is breaking the First Amendment on free speech by preventing people from being able to see his posts, responses to his posts, or contact him over the service - if they are logged in to Twitter. A city government can't say that only Republicans, Christians, or vegetarians are allowed to hold rallies in the town square, and it can't blacklist activists with a history of criticizing the mayor.

Trump isn't the first politician to face resistance for blocking critics from social media. The court decided that the president's own First Amendment rights did not override the plaintiffs.

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin won an initial court round this March in a lawsuit which alleges he violated free-speech rights by blocking people from his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Knight Institute lodged a similar challenge on behalf of a Virginia resident claiming that a local official's move to block him temporarily on Facebook also amounts to a First Amendment violation.

NY reports the Republican politician has blocked the likes of: law student Luke Waltham and lawyers Sylvia Onyejekwe and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza.

Recommended News

  • Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb victims

    Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb victims

    England striker Marcus Rashford has penned a tribute to his home city of Manchester on the anniversary of the Arena bombing. Later, thousands of people - including a choir of survivors - are due to gather for a concert and sing-song in St.
    Defiant Antonio Conte goads Chelsea after FA Cup win

    Defiant Antonio Conte goads Chelsea after FA Cup win

    EDEN HAZARD has hinted a summer departure from Chelsea is unlikely as the Belgium playmaker targeted another Premier League title. Let's hope the Blues have a good summer and get ready to go again next season.
    Royal Wedding 2018: The bridesmaids and pageboys

    Royal Wedding 2018: The bridesmaids and pageboys

    Clare Waight Keller designed the six young bridesmaids' dresses in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. She also wore a flower crown and Aquazurra shoes, which were monogrammed and dated, as a gift from Meghan .
  • Celebrate holiday weekend with Memorial Day parade

    Celebrate holiday weekend with Memorial Day parade

    There will be a closing ceremony after the parade at The Park, located at the intersection of Bartlet and Chestnut streets. There will be a speaker from the Rock Island Arsenal, presentation of a flag, flower placement and a rifle salute.
    Kelly Facing Lawsuit For Sexual Assault and STD

    Kelly Facing Lawsuit For Sexual Assault and STD

    Faith Rodgers says in the suit filed Monday in NY that she met Kelly about a year ago after a concert in San Antonio, Texas . Rodgers is now suing Kelly for "sexual battery" and " willfully, deliberately and maliciously " infecting her with herpes .
    Seoul eyes '99.9% chance of Kim-Trump meeting taking place as planned'

    Seoul eyes '99.9% chance of Kim-Trump meeting taking place as planned'

    Late last week, Trump warned North Korea it could go the way of Libya and Iraq and be "decimated" if it refuses to strike a deal. Trump" and "Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un" in front of their respective national flags and the words "peace talks".
  • NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'

    NFL Players Who Don't Stand For Anthem 'Shouldn't Be In The Country'

    One certain thing: The uncertainty about how each team will deal with players who defy the NFL's mandate will last for weeks. For tactical reasons, I'm not a big fan of kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest.
    Amazon's Face Recognition Technology Raises Fears Of 'Big Brother'

    Amazon's Face Recognition Technology Raises Fears Of 'Big Brother'

    The Orlando Police Department is one of the owners of Rekognition, which can identify and track people in real time . In its letter, the ACLU writes that Rekognition could have a chilling effect on how people act in society.
    Warriors looking forward after blowout Game 3 win vs. Rockets

    Warriors looking forward after blowout Game 3 win vs. Rockets

    Western Conference Finals scheduleGame 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. "I think he's OK there", Kerr said, via SF Gate . While speaking to reporters on Monday, Durant needed just two words to offer his endorsement of Curry's in-game cursing.
  • Tigers begin quest for NCAA golf championship

    Tigers begin quest for NCAA golf championship

    The championship is the third in program history and the first since 2000 when Ianello was a member of the team. Haley Moore lofted a tough chip to tap-in range to win and clinch victory, and the Wildcats were celebrating.
    Over 29 million watched royal wedding in US

    Over 29 million watched royal wedding in US

    The newlyweds will also be officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after Queen Elizabeth bestowed those titles on them. The profile for the 36-year-old was put up on Royal.uk, which is run by Buckingham Palace, after Saturday's royal wedding at St.
    Commodities: Brent tops $80 per barrel for the first time since 2014

    Commodities: Brent tops $80 per barrel for the first time since 2014

    Chief Executive Officer of Total Patrick Pouyanne has predicted that the price of a barrel of crude will hit $100 later this year. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 64 cents at $72.13 a barrel, also their highest since November 2014.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.