Trump Banned from Blocking Critics on Twitter by Federal Judge

A federal judge told Trump that he is violating the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a lower court’s previous ruling, that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his “haters” from his Twitter account that he uses to communicate with the public.

Unconstitutional Viewpoint Discrimination

The First Amendment prevents viewpoint discrimination, which means that the U.S. government can’t exclude or block views that they disagree with. The judges agreed that by blocking access to his feed, the president is preventing critics from participating in what the judges deem a public forum.

Moving forward, the case will likely have implications for how other elected officials interact with voters online, especially voters who are critical of those officials.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf of seven people who were blocked from President Trump’s Twitter account after posting their criticisms of the president and his policies. That meant that they were unable to see Trump’s tweets, reply to those tweets, or view the comment threads associated with the tweets.