Appeals court: ‘First Amendment does not permit’ Trump to block Twitter users

A ruling this week from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provided an opinion on a point of contention regarding the president’s social media use.

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Frequent Twitter users Donald Trump cannot block critics from following his official account, the panel of judges found.

According to the ruling, “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.”

Since Trump uses the account to make what the court found were “official statements,” the platform comes with “all the trappings of an official, state-run account.”


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