First Amendment Nonprofit Threatens to Sue Trump for Blocking People on Twitter
- Author: Ryan Wade Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 2:18
According to the Knight First Amendment Institute at New York's Columbia University, blocking users violates the First Amendment's freedom of speech clause. Why didnt you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir? he asked, adding #fakeleader. Trump blocked him too.
The attorneys argue that blocking users suppresses speech, since those blocked can't interact with Trump on Twitter anymore.
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University-which was founded past year to promote free expression in the digital age-smelled a constitutional issue here.
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And, unlike the Facebook case mentioned above, no one who is blocked by Donald Trump's Twitter account is prevented from posting in any given forum on Twitter; rather, the president simply won't read those posts. Just 32% of voters said they do not believe the President did anything wrong, while 31% said they believe he did something illegal. "This feature helps users in restricting specific accounts from contacting them, seeing their Tweets, and following them".
It's minor compared to his other scandals, but Trump has gotten roasted repeatedly for his behavior on Twitter, whether he's causing diplomatic problems or just having his past statements boomerang right in his face.
There are very different set of standards for public and private individuals so even if this goes to court and the court agrees with the Knight Foundation, this would only be about government officials, she said. Fifty-nine percent say the president's use of Twitter is a bad thing, and even a majority of voters say Trump's tweets hurt US national security. I think it's destructive in two ways: first, he tends to be insulting on Twitter and insulting people doesn't buy you support - it may not lose you your core supporters, but it's eroding a lot of support from people who voted for you. and I also think he's distracting.
A growing number of Americans, from 49 percent to 59 percent, said Trump's use of Twitter is a bad thing, including 77 percent of Democrats (up 5 points from December) and 61 percent of independents, an 18-point increase among that demographic. The Knight Institute said its arguments would apply with "equal force" to both accounts.
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"The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!" he continued tweeting Monday.
Legal experts have said his tweets may directly affect policy.
The significant harm, and one for which there arent obvious workarounds, is that youre excluded from the comment threads discussing the presidents tweets, Abdo said.
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