President Trump can’t block people on Twitter, federal appeals court rules

Written by on July 16, 2019

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Donald Trump can’t block people on Twitter due to “unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination,” a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The judges opted to uphold, in an unanimous decision, a previous district court justice’s ruling.

Judge Barrington D. Parker, affirmed that ruling in writing: “Because we agree that in blocking the Individual Plaintiffs the President engaged in prohibited viewpoint discrimination, we affirm.”

Parker explained in reasoning that the president uses Twitter on a wide-range of subjects and, most importantly, in the capacity of being a public servant, stopping him from not seeing opposing viewpoints.

“We do conclude..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,” wrote Parker.

The tweets by Trump, who has 61.8 million followers on the social media outlet, are already a matter of public record and he’s used the platform to announce hirings and firings of officials.

“The public presentation of the Account and the webpage associated with it bear all the trappings of an official, state‐run account,” Parker added of their decision.

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