But Twitter can block, silence and censor any other American they want to? This ruling is absurd. Remember: Jack Dorsey, the chief executive at Twitter, gave a thumbs-up to an article penned by a leftist techie, Peter Leyden, calling for the extermination of the Republican Party. Twitter is notorious for banning and shadowbanning voices that dissent from the left’s agenda. Meanwhile, jihadis and violent Antifa thugs have free rein. This new ruling raises some important questions. If Trump’s blocking people violates the First Amendment, will Leftist politicians such as Keith Ellison and others who are active on Twitter also have to unblock people? Probably not. These kinds of rulings only apply to conservatives.
“US President Donald Trump has been ordered to stop blocking Twitter users,” Courier Mail, May 23, 2018:
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A FEDERAL judge in New York has ruled that US President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The ruling by US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan came in response to a lawsuit filed against Mr Trump in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and several Twitter users.
Judge Buchwald agreed with the plaintiffs’ contention that the discussions arising from Mr Trump’s tweets should be considered a public forum. She rejected an argument made by Justice Department lawyers that Trump’s own First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact. Trump was a prolific tweeter from his @RealDonaldTrump account even before being elected in 2016 and has since made it an integral and controversial part of his presidency.
Aides reportedly have tried to rein in his tweeting, which often starts early in the morning. But he has remained unfettered and uses Twitter to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics, especially the media, and the investigation into possible Russian connections with his campaign.
A spokesman for the US Department of Justice, which represents the president in the case, had no immediate comment. Twitter also did not immediately comment.
The Knight Institute and the individual Twitter users claimed in their lawsuit that by blocking users for their views, Mr Trump was shutting them out of discussion in a public forum, violating the First Amendment….
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