Appeals Court Rules Trump Violated First Amendment By Blocking Twitter Users

Written by Alexyz Liggins July 9, 2019
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President Trump has some major twitter fingers as he is constantly blocking peoples accounts, but it looks like that has to come to an end.

President Trump may go down in history as the first president to be extremely active on Twitter. However, it looks like some of his antics have to come to an end.

In a recent federal court appeal ruled on Tuesday, the president is no longer allowed to block Twitter users over statements they make.

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The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals says that the president’s account is actually a “public forum” that he uses to communicate with the public. With that being the case, it warrants constitutional free speech protections under the First Amendment.

“We do conclude, 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” court documents say.

Within the First Amendment, government discrimination against a person free speech even on Twitter is prohibited. However, President Trump believes his Twitter account is private so the First Amendment should not be applied to him.

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The 2nd Circuit concluded by saying;

“This debate encompasses an extraordinarily broad range of ideas and viewpoints and generates a level of passion and intensity the likes of which have rarely been seen. This debate, as uncomfortable and as unpleasant as it frequently may be, is nonetheless a good thing. In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less.”

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