Donald Trump Is Being Sued For Blocking His Critics On Twitter

Trevor Jackson
July 12, 2017

First Amendment advocates are suing President Donald Trump, saying some of his critics have been unconstitutionally blocked from following him on Twitter.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of seven Twitter users blocked by Trump and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said Trump's extensive use of tweets had turned his account into a "public forum" and couldn't restrict access based on other users' viewpoints.

"Because of their criticism of the President, these Plaintiffs have been prevented or impeded from viewing the President's tweets, from replying to the tweets, from viewing the discussions associated with the tweets, and from participating in those discussions", the complaint claims.

Leading the charge against Trump, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and the White House's social media director, Daniel Scavino, is the Knight First Amendment Institute, a Columbia University-based organization that launched past year on a $60 million grant.

Apart from Trump himself, the suit names Sean Spicer, who ostensibly controls White House communications, as a defendant along with Daniel Scavino, White House Social Media Director.

"The First Amendment applies to this digital forum in the same way it applies to town halls and open school board meetings".

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Prior to filing the suit, the Institute condemned Trump's decision to block the group of users in a letter on June 6.

The Knight Institute's lawsuit also contends that the White House has violated the rights of people who have not been blocked on Twitter because they can only participate in a public forum that has been purged of critical voices, according to the press release. The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit. "Trump is right. The government should protect the people".

It noted that Trump on July 2 tweeted: "My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL".

The lawsuit represents seven users who have earned Trump's ire one way or another. Trump tweeted. Figueroa then replied "This is pretty much how the whole world sees you", with a video of Pope Francis giving Trump an uneasy look. All the plaintiffs allege they were blocked for tweeting messages that disagreed with the president and his policies.

Plaintiffs include Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland; Eugene Gu, a surgery resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Brandon Neely, a police officer. "It imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their right to access statements. available to the public at large".

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