Appeals court upholds ruling that Trump can’t block Twitter followers he thinks are mean to him

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously Tuesday that it’s unconstitutional for Donald Trump to block Twitter users whom he doesn’t like from following him, a decision that might have bearing on First Amendment rights in the era of social media, according to the New York Times.

A three-judge panel in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling from last year that Trump cannot randomly block people for any reason because he uses his Twitter account to conduct official business. The judges found that Trump excluding people from an “otherwise open online dialogue” because he disagrees with them violates their First Amendment rights.

“In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less,” Judge Barrington Parker wrote for the panel.

Trump will surely be mystified by the notion that anyone besides him should be allowed to speak.

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Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

In just 2 1/2 years, Trump has done, absolutely, positively, ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….nothing, good for our country.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Great. I exercise my First Amendment right to go on Twitter & tell the impostor president dumbass what I think of him & his policies, & his kids, & his counselor, & his Cabinet, & his AG, & his “I’m an idiot” parade, & kids in cages, etc. I could go on for awhile. I tweet him when he provokes me, which is often.

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

He is a f#*king lunatic, he thinks he is above the law, and so far with all of his criminal cronies working with him, he has been, he’s never had to be held accountable for anything so why start now? he thrives on this shit and thinks everyone loves him, he’s so Hitler ish!

Inzane
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Inzane

First time I heard someone believes their ego is above the law

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Lol…. you really have to laugh at these clown judges in the Court of Appeals. Trump can’t block us on his tweeter account, but they dismiss is law suit concerning emoluments. Now we know why they don’t have a TV show like Judge Judy. She’s smarter than them.