Court rules Trump can not silence his critics on Twitter

Donald Trump Cannot Block People on Twitter U.S. Judge Rules

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But it could affect the conversation that erupts among supporters and opponents in the replies beneath his tweets.

The plaintiffs claimed in their lawsuit that by blocking users for their views, Trump was shutting them out of discussion in a public forum, violating the First Amendment.

Like all Twitter users, Trump has been able to "block" users he doesn't like, effectively stopping them from responding to his tweets.

The lawsuit against Mr Trump and other White House officials stems from his decision to bar several online critics.

"The judge is taking a social media account launched well before Donald Trump was a public official and declaring it to be a public forum".

In the past week, he has repeatedly claimed in multiple tweets that the Justice Department put a "spy" inside his presidential campaign to frame him for "crimes he didn't commit" amid mounting questions over his campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation. It's a concept that can seem ridiculous at times, considering the type of content we've come to expect from Trump's Twitter.

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Schlossberg was also caught on video in 2016 berating a man in NY , which he called an "ugly [expletive] foreigner". After Twitter got ahold of it, users did what they do best and discovered Schlossberg was a lawyer in the city.

Since then, he has built his following to 52.2 million and added another 3,400 tweets, including major policy and personnel announcements. Rex Tillerson learned he'd been fired from his job as Secretary of State by a tweet from this account, for example.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Trump and his aides can not block critics on Twitter. The White House did not give any indication to NPR or others whether the administration will appeal the decision.

The Knight Institute didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Free speech advocates, though, hailed the ruling.

"We readily conclude the speech in which individual plaintiffs seek to engage is protected speech", the judge wrote.

Buchwald also disagreed with the contention of the defense that injunctive relief can never be awarded against the president, but she decided that she didn't need to "enter that legal thicket at this time".

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Later in the day, from 2 to 4 p.m., Mark Mazur & the Little Big Band will give a free concert at the Olcott gazebo. A 21-gun salute under the direction of Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Copple followed by taps performed by Matt Snead.

Does Trump have to unblock people? Blocking detractors is more than just ignoring their comments, she said. Outside the Manhattan courthouse in March, Philip Cohen, a sociology professor who was blocked by the president in June of a year ago, said that muting wouldn't resolve the underlying problem.

Judge Buchwald said that proved he was engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

"The answer to both questions is no", Buchwald wrote at the top of her opinion. Today's ruling determined that @realDonaldTrump is a de facto government Twitter account, making it subject to scrutiny under the First Amendment. The Knight Institute also sued a local Virginia government after representative Phyllis Randall blocked a consistent, Brian Davison, on Facebook.

The judge said Trump and Scavino must "remedy" the situation by unblocking accounts.

Buchwald also said she recognized the impact on the individuals by Trump's action was not "of the highest magnitude".

We're pretty confident that he still won't be logging off anytime soon though.

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To make it more clear, humans typically pay attention to three different frequencies when they're listening to speech. The audio became viral after being shared on Reddit on Sunday by a user named Roland Camry.

"The books are full of officials trying to exclude people they don't like from meetings or from getting documents", he said.

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