The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that President Trump cannot block Twitter users from his official account, finding that the practice is discriminatory.
The president uses his Twitter account to make announcements, from personnel changes within his administration to the implementation of new policies. Considering this the judges wrote "that the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees." They motivated in the opinion that Trump’s Twitter account shows “all the trappings of an official, state‐run account,” and that Trump and his aides have described his tweets as “official statements.”
Some individuals were blocked after they posted tweets critical of the president. “We also conclude that once the President has chosen a platform and opened up its interactive space to millions of users and participants, he may not selectively exclude those whose views he disagrees with,” the Court said. “The fact that any Twitter user can block another account does not mean that the President somehow becomes a private person when he does so,” the final conclusion was.