Federal Judge: First Amendment doesn’t let Trump block leftist trolls on Twitter

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On Wednesday, Clinton-nominated U.S. district judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that President Trump can’t block leftist trolls on Twitter, according to the First Amendment.

“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,” Judge Buchwald wrote. “The answer to both questions is no.”

The decision added:

“We then proceed to the substance of plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims. We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account — the “interactive space” where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets — are properly analyzed under the “public forum” doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is a designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment. In so holding, we reject the defendants’ contentions that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the President’s personal First Amendment interests supersede those of plaintiffs.”

According to Fox News:

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

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In July 2017, Trump was sued by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York, along with seven individual Twitter users.

At the time, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer noted in June 2017 that Trump’s tweets are official statements and the White House often sends out official statements everytime the President tweets.

So Trump can’t block violent leftist trolls, but it sure looks as though Twitter’s bots can — and do — deliberately target and block Trump supporters.

Apparently, some are far more equal than others.

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