Journalist blocked on Twitter by Trump talks about winning case against president

Journalist blocked on Twitter by Trump talks about winning case against president

In what might just be one of the more weird tech stories of the week, the judge's decision is the result of a case brought against the President by a group of Twitter users he'd blocked.

Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute's executive director, welcomed the ruling, saying it "reflects a careful application of core First Amendment principles to government censorship on a new communications platform". Judge Buchwald said the president is no longer allowed to shape the conversation by icing out some of his critics. But if Trump muted an account, he would not see that user's tweets but the user could still see and respond to his.

"In light of social media's importance to modern life, President Trump's practice of blocking individual users robs them of a singularly valuable opportunity to make their speech heard", said the brief filed by the Georgetown University Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

The fact that Trump chose to block users instead suggests that his goal was to prevent them from communicating with others.

The judge said she hoped Mr Trump will unblock those he had blocked on Twitter in the wake of her rule, although it was not immediately clear whether the president would take the suggestion.

A federal judge in NY ruled Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said in an email: "We respectfully disagree with the court's decision and are considering our next steps".

People on Twitter are unable to see or respond to tweets from accounts that block them.

The judge made a distinction between muting and blocking on Twitter
BETHANY CLARKE GETTY The judge made a distinction between muting and blocking on Twitter

It is unclear if Trump would unblock those he had blocked and the judge did not explicitly rule on that.

Last year, Will Fischer, director of government relations for VoteVets.org, told CBC Radio's Out in the Open that he couldn't believe Trump had blocked his organization at first.

"The essence of this ruling is that viewpoint discrimination is prohibited", Calvert said. "The answer to both questions is no", she begins her 75-page judgment.

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 more important social media becomes to the public discourse, the more important it becomes to defend First Amendment rights on social media", DeCell said.

However, by late Wednesday afternoon, Cohen said he remained unable to view Trump's tweets.

"Given that no government office is above the law, we assume that the president and [Daniel] Scavino will remedy the blockade that we have considered unconstitutional", which the plaintiffs have to request to Trump, says Buchwald.

The ruling, which was instituted by Columbia University in 2017, comes as debates are widening about how to bridge the gap between public officials' rights to privacy and citizens' rights to free speech and demand for accountability.

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