Federal judge rules that Trump can't block his critics on Twitter

24 May, 2018, 18:58 | Author: Earnest Bishop
  • Federal Judge rules Trump can’t block people on Twitter

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter account, saying it was enough to point out that it was unconstitutional.

O'Reilly told The Outline that she wasn't particularly surprised by the court's decision today, since District Judge Buchwald had already pointed out that Trump can simply mute people on Twitter rather than blocking them.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump may not block critics from reading his Twitter feed, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, finding that doing so violates their right to free speech.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment about whether the president would comply with the remedy.

The Justice Department said in an emailed statement that it would fight the ruling.

"The First Amendment prohibits government officials from suppressing speech on the basis of viewpoint", Knight Institute lawyer Katie Fallow said. Because Mr. Trump and Mr. Scavino also retain control over the account, she said, it's a government space as well. The feature prevents selected accounts from appearing in a user's Twitter mentions - effectively blocking them from Trump's view.

More news: Rockets edge Warriors to level series
More news: Trump Weighs New Tariffs on Imported Vehicles
More news: Serena unseeded for French Open return

Since being block, they were unable to see the president's tweets that have included policy proposals and cabinet appointments. The decision is very clear in differentiating between the "block" and "mute" functions on Twitter, which, for those unfamiliar, is a bit like the difference between holding the phone away from your ear during a phone call and not answering the call. "The court's application of that principle here should guide all of the public officials who are communicating with their constituents through social media".

"My concern at the time, was this guy, with so much responsibility, who has all the nuclear codes, is so careless with a platform that is so powerful that he makes typos and doesn't care about it", Gu said Wednesday. "The most important part was she really understood how the technology works".

If Donald Trump blocks someone, that person loses the opportunity to reply to Trump tweets and have their tweet show up underneath them. Scores of users identify themselves as such with the hashtag #BlockedByTrump. They include people from all walks of life, including high school students and bloggers.

"This is a great precedent we have set for politicians that decide to use social media as a town hall to be held accountable to the rules of the First Amendment", Gu said. Often that insight holds for his administration's officials as well.

"To be fair, the Department of Justice keeps tweets from @realDonaldTrump as official records", said Buckwalter-Posa.

"It would end up applying to a wide range of government officials throughout the country", he said. In addition, it was stressed that "no government official-including the president-is above the law". "When a government official does that, it raises a constitutional problem". The Department of Justice argued past year that users who are not logged into their Twitter accounts can still see the president's tweets online because they are public. She said she assumed Trump's social media director Dan Scavino would unblock the users in light of her decision.

Recomendado:



Popular

Turkish central bank raises key rate and helps lift currency
Although he does not control interest rates, he wields enormous power in the country and likely try to pressure the central bank. But they also tend to hinder economic growth by making it costlier to borrow and can arouse public discontent.

Donald Trump's lawyer 'paid $400000 to arrange meeting with president of Ukraine'
Cohen is under investigation by federal prosecutors, who last month conducted searches on his office and other locations. Further, Cohen was not a registered as an agent for Ukraine , which would have been required by USA law.

Train plows into truck stuck on tracks in Italy; 1 dead
Interested in Italy? Add Italy as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Italy news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Emergency services said the drivers of both the train and the heaavy goods vehicle (HGV) that is smashed into were killed.

Comcast preparing to top Disney's bid for Fox
Even before the announcement, Comcast's expansion plans have weighed on the shares, which are down 19% this year. Like Disney , it wants to buy all of Fox's assets except its news channel and main sports and business networks.

US Withdraws China's Invite To RIMPAC Military Drills
US ships and aircraft have conducted regular " freedom of navigation " operations (FONOPS) near some of the Chinese installations. Given China's growing military confidence and its heavy investment in the South China Sea, such a move is highly unlikely.

Kumaraswamy takes oath as chief minister of Karnataka
A new chief minister has been sworn in in India's southern state of Karnataka , the second one to do so in a week. Following Kumaraswamy , Congress state president G Parameshwara was sworn-in as the Deputy CM.

Texas governor convenes school safety roundtable
The first one features officials from districts that arm some teachers or contract with local police for security. Texas has 5.4 million students enrolled in its public schools and any changes it made statewide would be costly.

Marks and Spencer to shut 100 United Kingdom stores
EAST Lancashire Marks & Spencers employees face an anxious wait after the firm announced a new round of store closures. Its clothing and home business is a particular focus of its transformation efforts.

Hawaiian Authorities Work to Protect Power Plant From Lava Flow
FNC's Jeff Paul on the problems that could occur if lava from the Big Island's Kilauea Volcano reaches a power plant facility. Those issues include new lava that is hotter, faster-moving and more unpredictable, and it could last deep into the summer.

Tamil Nadu SSLC Result 2018 Live Updates; Available Online At Tnresults
The overall pass percentage of the academic year 2017-2018 is 94.5 %, which is 0.1% higher compared to last year. Media reports suggest that almost 10 lakh students from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry sat for TN SSLC exams 2018.