Federal Judge: President Trump Can’t Block Users on Twitter

Judge rules Trump can't block people from Twitter account

Judge rules Trump can't block people from Twitter account

Today, a USA federal court ruled that President Donald Trump can not block his followers on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump can not block users on his Twitter feed, a NY federal judge has ruled.

"The answer to both questions is no", Buchwald said in her 75-page judgement.

The case had been brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. And in his statement, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said that we politely object with the court's judgment and are contemplating our next steps.

Read the full opinion here. Users can still reply to tweets after they've been muted, even if those replies are never seen, the ruling pointed out.

Cohen said Trump had not yet unblocked him as of late Wednesday afternoon.

"No government official - including the President - is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared", the judge said.

The decision marks a victory for free-speech activists representing seven Twitter users who alleged that their rights had been infringed after they tweeted at Trump critiquing his policies. We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account - the "interactive space" where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President's tweets - are properly analyzed under the "public forum" doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is a designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment.

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The Justice Department, which argued Trump had every right to block whomever he wanted from his Twitter feed, declined to say whether it will appeal the ruling.

On Wednesday the judge agreed with their argument that the social media platform qualifies as a "designated public forum" granted to all US citizens.

Wednesday's ruling could complicate that debate, said Feldman, potentially giving people such as Yiannopolous grounds to sue Twitter and demand that they be permitted back on Twitter to view Trump's account and to participate in the public forum surrounding it.

The Knight Institute hopes that the ruling against Trump will set a precedent for other public officials across the country.

It hasn't been a particularly good week on social media for Trump, as a survey by TwitterAudit surfaced recently which showed that over 10 million of his Twitter followers aren't real people.

"I think this decision is correct", Giampietro said.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.

Twitter has always been dogged by questions about how far its users' right to speech may extend.

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