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Judge finds Trump can't block his critics on Twitter

Judge finds Trump can't block his critics on Twitter

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald reasoned in her opinion that Twitter is a designated public forum, so blocking users based on their political speech "constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment".

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Trump can not block people from his Twitter account in response to their political views because it violates their right to free speech.

"The blocking of the individual plaintiffs from the @realDonaldTrump account due to their expressed political views violates the First Amendment", declared the judge, a Clinton appointee who serves on a court in NY.

Judge Buchwald said that the answer to both the questions was no.

"The court made clear that there was a First Amendment violation taking place", said Eric Goldman, professor and co-director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law.

The plaintiffs were blocked by Trump on Twitter shortly after they posted tweets to the @realDonaldTrump account that were critical.

The judge did, however, state that Trump could mute Twitter users, which remains constitutional as he still has the ability to reply to an account that he has muted.

Trump has more than 50 million followers.

President Trump and the other defendants conceded they did so because they disliked the viewpoints the plaintiffs expressed in their tweets.

Enlarge / These Twitter users are participating in a constitutionally protected public forum, a federal judge has ruled. As Twitter favors verified users on the platform, while often shadowbanning conservative accounts, liberal and left-leaning responses to the President often appear at the top of his replies.

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Donald Trump has broken the United States Constitution, a NY district court ruled Wednesday, putting the USA president in legal hot water.

The US Department of Justice, which represents Trump in the case, had claimed that his Twitter account is a private forum because it was created before he became president.

It argued that the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account is a "public forum" under the First Amendment.

Twitter, which wasn't a party to the lawsuit, declined to comment.

"If Donald Trump is giving a speech to 100 hand-picked people, and one of them heckles him, he gets to throw that person out", said Benjamin, adding that he thought the president had a strong chance of winning an appeal of Buchwald's decision. "A lot of times with First Amendment cases, the people who were affected by the decision come up with some kind of workaround so they're still in compliance with the First Amendment [while] accomplishing their goals".

And while some have argued that anyone blocked by Trump can see his tweets by just logging out, that doesn't necessarily give the whole picture.

The blocked: Along with Cohen, several other Twitter users have accused Trump of blocking them on Twitter.

It's unclear how many people have been blocked by Trump.

The Knight Institute hopes that the ruling against Trump will set a precedent for other public officials across the country.