As we and others reported on Wednesday, a federal judge nominated by Bill Clinton ruled that the First Amendment does not give President Trump the right to block violent leftist trolls on Twitter. According to the judge, Twitter is a public forum and Trump is a government official. As it turns out, there’s a number of elected Democrats who are also violating the First Amendment under this new ruling, which could have some far-reaching consequences.
Mike Cernovich, for example, said that Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has blocked him on the site.
“Rep. Keith Ellison has blocked me. According to a federal court opinion today, this is unconstitutional. I’ll give his office 48 hours to unblock me, in order to comply with the law, before taking further action,” he said.
So has Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn, he said in another tweet.
Another person said she was blocked by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.
One person suggested a class action lawsuit:
Any chance we can make this a class action? pic.twitter.com/ZxuUZjyMbx
— C.J. (@CJtheIVth) May 23, 2018
One person told Cernovich:
This is going to be hilarious when all elected officials understand they can't block anyone
— yvonneburton ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@_YvonneBurton) May 23, 2018
Media analyst Mark Dice went even further: “A judge has ruled Trump can’t block trolls on Twitter because it violates their First Amendment right. So when’s the lawsuit against
@Jack for violating conservatives’ first amendment when twitter deleted our tweets, shadow bans them, or suspends our accounts?”
One person asked:
I wonder if you report hamas how long it will take before Twitter blocks you for bigotry?
— Mustachemike (@goldielocksetx) May 23, 2018
James O’Keefe also wondered: “If POTUS can’t block users on Twitter per First Amendment violation, can Twitter not shadowban tweets for political content on same basis? We exposed video of Twitter engineers explaining how they specifically target
@realdonaldtrump supporters’ tweets, and classify them as bots.”
If POTUS can't block users on Twitter per First Amendment violation, can Twitter not shadowban tweets for political content on same basis? We exposed video of Twitter engineers explaining how they specifically target @realdonaldtrump supporters' tweets, and classify them as bots. pic.twitter.com/zZfpMak89v
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) May 23, 2018
“This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, ‘block’ a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States,” Buchwald said said in her opinion.
“The answer to both questions is no.”
The Justice Department disagrees and has 60 days to appeal the ruling.
No matter how this turns out, the ruling has certainly opened up a very full can of worms.
- Federal Judge: First Amendment doesn’t let Trump block leftist trolls on Twitter
- Video: Proof that Twitter’s algorithms target Trump supporters
- California GOP Senate candidate Erin Cruz: Social media climate against conservatives a ‘clear and present danger’ to Republic
- Allen West: Facebook, Google, Twitter at war with conservatives; Time to fight back
- Twitter bans conservative Christian for defending faith, calling out censorship
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