Trump blocking critics on Twitter violates Constitution: US judge

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But when the animus is leveled back at him, the nation's leader has a habit of silencing those critics by blocking them.

On Wednesday, a judge in NY described the president's Twitter account as a public forum, and said blocking Twitter users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

US President Donald Trump may not "block" Twitter users from viewing his online profile due to their political beliefs, a judge in NY has ruled. This button prevents tweets from muted accounts from showing up in Trump's timeline and notifications, but it doesn't prevent muted users from replying to and retweeting Trump's tweets.

The US Justice Department, which represented Trump in the case, said it "respectfully disagreed with the court's decision and are considering our next steps".

Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of NY ruled that Twitter serves as a "designated public forum" and is protected under the plaintiffs' First Amendment, which is the aspect of U.S. Constitution that deals with free speech.

Judge Buchwald said that the answer to both the questions was no.

The judge's ruling is a landmark one as there are few laws governing interaction in the social media space.

In the past week, he has repeatedly claimed in multiple tweets that the Justice Department put a "spy" inside his presidential campaign to frame him for "crimes he didn't commit" amid mounting questions over his campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation.

NY reports the Republican politician has blocked the likes of: law student Luke Waltham and lawyers Sylvia Onyejekwe and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza.

A United States court ruling has barred Donald Trump from blocking users from viewing his Twitter profile.

In what might just be one of the more freakish tech stories of the week, the judge's decision is the result of a case brought against the President by a group of Twitter users he'd blocked.

These claimants can not view Trumps tweets, reply to them or see the comments thread underneath them.

The judge acknowledged that even though the president has certain free speech rights, he can not violate the rights of other Twitter users.

"This is a groundbreaking decision", said Clay Calvert, a First Amendment expert who teaches at University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Judge Buchwald said the president is no longer allowed to shape the conversation by icing out some of his critics. "The most important part was she really understood how the technology works".

It is unclear if Trump would unblock those he had blocked and the judge did not explicitly rule on that. Scores of users identify themselves as such with the hashtag #BlockedByTrump.

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald stopped short of ordering Trump to unblock users, saying it was not necessary to enter a "legal thicket" involving courts' power.

The Justice Department has argued that Trump was acting in a personal capacity by blocking critics who often used "intentionally inflammatory language".

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