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Judge rules President Trump can’t block people on Twitter

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Judge rules President Trump can't block people on Twitter

New York judge has ruled that President Trump cannot block Twitter users because it violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed against President Trump back in July.

Lodged by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and a number of Twitter users, the case argued Mr Trump’s tweets should be considered a public forum.

An argument made by Justice Department lawyers was rejected by Judge Buchwald. The DOJ argued that President Trump’s  First Amendment rights allowed him to freely block anyone with whom he did not wish to interact.

Donald Trump was a prolific tweeter from his @RealDonaldTrump account even before being elected in 2016 and has since made it an integral and controversial part of his presidency. 

White House aides have reportedly tried to control and monitor his tweeting, which often starts around 3 a.m in the morning.

However, President Trump has remained unfettered, just as everyone likes it, and uses Twitter to reach the people, announce policy and attack his critics, especially since the media coverage is mainly hit pieces, and speak out about the investigation into alleged Russian connections with his campaign.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which represents president Trump in the case, had no immediate comment. Twitter has also yet to comment on the case.

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