Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 10/07/2019 20:47
The decision may have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to officials’ accounts in the social-media era.
President Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling could have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to the social-media era.
Because Mr. Trump uses Twitter to conduct government business, he cannot exclude some Americans from reading his posts — and engaging in conversations in the replies to them — because he does not like their views, a three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, ruled unanimously.