According to the Federal Appeals Court ruling on Tuesday in USA, President Donald Trump can’t block critics from his Twitter account, pointing out that the First Amendment calls for more speech, rather than less, on matters of public concern.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld a lower court judge who said Trump violates the Constitution when he blocks critics.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit situated in New York said that since Trump uses the social network to communicate matters related to government affairs, he can’t bar some Americans from accessing that information.
A three-judge bench ruled unanimously in favor of the verdict.
Judge Barrington D. Parker wrote in the ruling that the first amendment bars any official who uses social media to communicate with common folk can’t exclude people from an “otherwise open online dialogue.”
President Trump, who has nearly 62 million followers on Twitter, has expressed his political opinions about the US and the world fairly consistently on a daily basis on the platform.
(New York Times)