Thursday, May 24, 2018

Federal Judge Rules Trump Can't Block People On Twitter Because It Violated Their First Amendment. SAD!


A federal judge has ruled that Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter over the political views they share concluding the action violated their First Amendment rights.

Trump and his administration have been trying to make his Twitter account a "safe space" by employing this tactic against dozens of people.

But alas U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald sided with Knight First Amendment Institute's lawsuit against Trump and his communications team concluding Trump was engaging in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by blocking critics in a public forum...

"This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, 'block' a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States. The answer to both questions is no."

Buchwald ruled that unblocking the plaintiffs would be a “minimal” intrusion on "executive prerogative."

The Judge suggested that Trump instead “mute” his Twitter critics which would allow Trump to hide them from those whom he disagreed with in his feed but do so without restricting the right of the ignored to speak.

Well known people blocked from Trump's account include author Stephen King, Rosie O’Donnell, Chrissy Teigen, Angelo Carusone, Lauren Wolfe and even the account for VoteVets.org, a group representing over 500,000 veterans and their family members.

Additional defendants named in the lawsuit include former White House communications director Hope Hicks, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and social media director Dan Scavino but Judge Buchwald excused Hicks and Sanders as defendants.

The ruling comes as it was just reported that the cell phone Donald Trump uses to tweet with has not been equipped with the proper security.

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