A Federal Judge has ruled that the American President, Donald Trump can’t block people on his Twitter account as it violates their rights.
A federal judge in New York ruled yesterday that President Trump is in violation of the Constitution when he blocks users on his Twitter account.
Blocking users from viewing his Twitter account is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in her ruling.
In her ruling, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote that “no government official — including the President — is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared.”
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,” Buchwald wrote.
The case had been brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. It argued that the realDonaldTrump Twitter account is a “public forum” under the First Amendment.
President Trump has made tweeting from his @realDonaldTrump account an integral and controversial part of his presidency.
Aides have reportedly tried to rein in his tweeting, which often starts early in the morning.
But he has used Twitter to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics, especially the media, and the investigation into possible Russian connections with his campaign.
Among those Trump has blocked are novelists Stephen King and Anne Rice, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, model Chrissy Teigen, actress Marina Sirtis and the military veterans political action committee VoteVets.org.