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    Twitter users sue President Trump for blocking them after criticising him

    A group of Twitter users has sued Donald Trump and two White House communication aides for violating their constitutional rights by blocking them from Trump’s personal Twitter account after they criticized the president.

    The suit, which was was filed in federal court in New York on Tuesday, argues that Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, constitutes a “public forum for speech by, to, and about the President”. The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction requiring Trump to unblock their accounts and cease blocking others on the basis of their opinions.

    Since Twitter users who have been blocked cannot read or respond to Trump’s tweets, the suit argues, blocking users for their political beliefs “imposes a viewpoint-based restriction on ... participation in a public forum” and violates the first amendment.

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    wow, well, this will be interesting.
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    @realDonaldTrump is Trump's private twitter account.

    @POTUS is the official presidential twitter account.

    I think he may be able to block anyone from his @realDonaldTrump private account.
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    it will be fun for the IP lawyers.

    If anyone could block, then I wonder how was this case even filed? Must be some grey area (or really inadequate counsel).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sorrell skye View Post
    @realDonaldTrump is Trump's private twitter account.

    @POTUS is the official presidential twitter account.

    I think he may be able to block anyone from his @realDonaldTrump private account.
    Great point! I'm sure this will be part of his defence. It's amazing how in uncharted territory we are in in so many areas with Trump's presidency.
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    In America, we have a right to free speech. However, we have no right to be heard.

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    Depending on the content or frequency of their tweets, he can argue it's harassment. Which I would understand considering some of the hate and vitriol I've seen. You open a tweet and there's like forty to fifty tweets harassing him if not more.

    We don't have a right to harass ANYONE. He has blocked habitual harassers---those that make it a sport to verbally abuse THE PRESIDENT of the USA.

    Now if it comes out in court that the First Amendment guarantees the right to harass and berate the President then I'll eat my words.

    Besides I think Twitter falls outside of FOIA. We shall see.

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    This will be interesting!

    From the Guardian link:

    Since Twitter users who have been blocked cannot read or respond to Trump’s tweets, the suit argues, blocking users for their political beliefs “imposes a viewpoint-based restriction on ... participation in a public forum” and violates the first amendment

    “It’s like barring people at the door of a city council meeting because they criticized your policy,” said Katie Fallow, a senior attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute, which is representing the blocked Twitter users.
    He wants to use twitter as his main method of communicating (such a modern president!) with the public but then he decides he's not going to talk to everyone. He's the president and shouldn't be hiding or leaving people out. And people's right to free speech is suddenly limited. There's already controversy about freedom of speech on the internet and twitter lets anything short of abuse and threats get posted.

    I don't think it matters that it's his personal account.

    First Amendment:
    It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.
    From twitter TOS:
    We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up.
    The company that has moved the furthest toward the American free-speech ideal is Twitter, which has explicitly concluded that it wants to be a platform for democracy rather than civility.
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    But LOOK WHAT A CLINTON DID!

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    Some of the tweets that were blocked that are cited in the lawsuit.

    A legal analyst


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    Quote Originally Posted by everybodhi View Post
    Some of the tweets that were blocked that are cited in the lawsuit.

    A legal analyst

    A police officer

    A doctor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/thes...hey-are-suing/
    I must admit, I've tweeted worse in response to Trump, I must not be important enough to block.
    Maybe he only blocks dissenters with a blue check by their name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by everybodhi View Post
    I must admit, I've tweeted worse in response to Trump, I must not be important enough to block.
    Maybe he only blocks dissenters with a blue check by their name.
    *raises hand* I too admit to sending some pretty nasty tweets and have not been blocked. I have also left some crude messages on Paul Ryan's voicemail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by everybodhi View Post
    I must admit, I've tweeted worse in response to Trump, I must not be important enough to block.
    Maybe he only blocks dissenters with a blue check by their name.
    He blocked VoteVets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiect View Post
    *raises hand* I too admit to sending some pretty nasty tweets and have not been blocked. I have also left some crude messages on Paul Ryan's voicemail.
    I sent a snarky email to Shirley Capito and she wrote back! Mostly a form email, but at least she didn't block me.

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    Federal Court: Public Officials Cannot Block Social Media Users Because of Their Criticism

    Davison v. Loudoun County Board of Supervisors involved the chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Phyllis J. Randall. In her capacity as a government official, Randall runs a Facebook page to keep in touch with her constituents. In one post to the page, Randall wrote, “I really want to hear from ANY Loudoun citizen on ANY issues, request, criticism, compliment, or just your thoughts.” She explicitly encouraged Loudoun residents to reach out to her through her “county Facebook page.”
    In response to Randall’s claim that Davidson retained the ability to express his views elsewhere, Cacheris cited the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Packingham v. North Carolina, in which the court asserted that social media may now be “the most important” modern forum “for the exchange of views.”

    “The Court cannot treat a First Amendment violation in this vital, developing forum differently than it would elsewhere,” Cacheris wrote, “simply because technology has made it easier to find alternative channels through which to disseminate one’s message.”
    There’s just one lingering issue with this comparison: It isn’t clear whether Trump intends his personal Twitter page to function as a public forum the way Randall did. [snip]

    But that argument will likely fail. As Trump’s recent tweets banning transgender military service demonstrate, the president uses Twitter not just to convey official policy but also for lawmaking. This habit would seem to turn his feed into a quintessential public forum. And so, under the First Amendment, he lacks the power to block those users who tweet their discontent at @realDonaldTrump.

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