Judge: President can’t block critics on Twitter

A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.


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NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald (rees BUHK’-wahld) in Manhattan issued the written decision Wednesday.

In ruling, she said no government official — including the president — is above the law.

The case was brought last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing the Republican president.

After a hearing this year, the judge had suggested that Trump mute rather than block some of his critics. At the time, a Justice Department attorney agreed that muting would enable Trump to avoid a tweet he doesn’t want to read.

The Associated Press


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  1. This is the dumbest ruling. This is Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account, not the government account. But the main issue is that blocking someone on Twitter does not hide the post from all other Twitter followers. As well you can also see all Twitter posts by searching. The only one not seeing the posts is Donald Trump. Is this a feature or a big for Twitter? Just asinine.

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