A district court in New York has ruled that Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter, because it violates their first amendment rights to participate in a “public forum”.
The judge ruled that @realDonaldTrump is a presidential, official political channel, not personal account.The lawsuit was filed last July. There were seven plaintiffs, inclouding a journalist and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, who have been blocked by the president but they said many other people were discriminated this way.
The United States district judge Naomi Reice Buchwald motivated this opinion in a 75 pages report. Judge Buchwald suggested that Trump could have simply ignored the replies that upset him, rather than blocking the users involved. “Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the president and [digital director Dan] Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional,” the judge concluded. The Knight First Amendment Institute director, Jameel Jaffer, also suggested that further legal action would be taken if the president continued to block people on Twitter. However, for that moment, Judge Buchwald’s recommendation is only a recommendation. Lawyers for both sides of the case will now decide if a deal can be reached based on.