A Manhattan federal judge has stated:
“While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the President’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him”
The court outcome means: President Donald Trump legally can not block Twitter users for their political views.
Judge Naomi Buchwald stated that it is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment.
The defence argued that people who had been blocked could still access Trump’s tweets. The judge said the impact of preventing them from interacting directly with Trump’s tweets represented a “real, albeit narrow, slice of speech.”
The case had been brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University which represented several people who had been blocked. They legally argued that the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account is a “public forum” under the First Amendment.
I’m still blocked by Trump despite winning a federal lawsuit against him. Every day I remain blocked means the President is infringing upon my First Amendment rights and violating a federal order. Follow the rule of law and the Constitution you swore to protect, Mr. President. pic.twitter.com/HOfdFXRMes
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) 24 May 2018
— Philip N Cohen (@familyunequal) 24 May 2018