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The second circuit appeals court upheld a ruling from U.S. District Court in the Southern District that found Trump’s blocking of critics was unconstitutional. That ruling was appealed by the administration, leading to Tuesday’s decision.
The lawsuit was brought by a group of Twitter users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
“President Donald J. Trump appeals from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York… concluding that he engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech. We hold that he engaged in such discrimination and, consequently, affirm the judgment below,” Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote in the decision.
The decision is careful to point out that it was not ruling on whether an elected official can block someone from their private social media accounts or whether social media companies are bound by the First Amendment.
However, as Parker wrote:
“We do conclude, however, that the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued that Trump’s Twitter account was a public forum. The president routinely makes announcements about his administration on the platform, including hirings and firings.
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Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).