Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules
Posted in: Censorship at 24/05/2018 15:13
President Trump's decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump's effort to silence his critics is not permissible because the digital space in which he engages with constituents is a public forum.
The ruling rejects administration arguments that the First Amendment does not apply to Trump in this case because he was acting as a private individual. In a 75-page decision, Judge Naomi Buchwald said Trump, as a federal official, is not exempt from constitutional obligations to refrain from "viewpoint discrimination."
No, Twitter still isn’t subject to the First Amendment — even if a judge said Trump’s account is
President Trump violated the constitutional rights of Americans when he blocked some of his Twitter followers after they criticized him politically, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald identifies, for the first time, parts of Trump's Twitter account as a public forum that is subject to First Amendment protections.