Judge Rules Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter Cites Free Speech – Then DOJ Steps Up
President Trump is not a private citizen at this time, obviously, but should he not have the same rights as the rest of us to avoid trolls on social media? One judge ruled ‘no’ citing that because Trump uses Twitter as a platform to address the American public it is, in fact, an ‘open’ political platform.
According to Fox News, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in May ruled against the Justice Department’s argument that denying Trump the ability to block followers infringed on his own First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit was filed in July 2017 by several Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the report said. The plaintiffs varied from professors to a police officer in Texas.
While, I agree that the President of the United States doesn’t have the same freedoms as the average person, dictating his access to social media is a sticky gray area, to me. When we have prisoners with open access to the most social networking sites, who have more freedoms that the leader of the free world – there is a problem.
As Written By Reuters:
The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it would appeal against a federal judge’s ruling that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views, according to a court filing.
Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer for the seven plaintiffs who sued, said the @realDonaldTrump account had unblocked the seven plaintiffs on Monday.
“We’re pleased that the White House unblocked our clients from the President’s Twitter account but disappointed that the government intends to appeal the district court’s thoughtful and well-supported ruling,” Jaffer said in an email.
Do you think the President has the right to block harassing users or do you think that because Trump uses Twitter to communicate to supporters he should be banned from blocking anyone? Let us know in the comments below.
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