Trump blocking Twitter critics raises First Amendment concerns


08 June, 2017

"The viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional", wrote attorneys at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in NY wrote. "Why didn't you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir?" he asked, adding "#fakeleader".

Being blocked on Twitter by President Donald Trump might be seen as a singular accomplishment by some users of the social media service.

The President uses his personal Twitter account to express what are clearly personal opinions, such as his rant yesterday against the "Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes".

A free speech advocacy group from Columbia University complained on Tuesday that Trump blocks the Twitter accounts of people he doesn't agree with. Additionally, the @realDonaldTrump handle predates Trump's election and is not even his official government account, @POTUS, which was created and is maintained by the White House.

"This is an emerging issue", says Helen Norton, a University of Colorado Law School professor who specializes in First Amendment law.

The demand, made in a letter to President Trump, was sent on behalf of Holly O'Reilly and Joseph M. Papp, two Twitter users who were blocked by the president's account after criticizing him on the social media network. Public forum doctrine has to do with the right of people to speak, not the right of anyone being forced to communicate with them.”.

The letter implies that if the Trump administration does not comply and unblock designated users, the users will consider suing the administration. He also argued that Trump has 1st Amendment rights on Twitter that could supersede those of the people he blocks, and that not everyone gets the right to respond to the president's statements - not unlike a news conference, where only some reporters get the opportunity to ask a question.

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Abdo said he isnt aware of another case involving a public official blocking his or her constituents on Twitter. During Tuesday's press briefing, Sean Spicer said that the president's tweets are in fact official White House statements, even though Spicer himself spends considerable time at these briefings distancing the White House from Trump's messages on Twitter.

Trump is the 45th President of the United States. The Institute said it would go after both accounts with "equal force".

"Arguably, and very arguably hurling expletives at the President could fall under manner restriction, but the Supreme Court has said that one man's profanity is another man's lyric", he said.

Trump's Twitter use has drawn intense media attention for his unvarnished commentary about his agenda and attacks on critics.

Legal experts have said his tweets may directly affect policy.

WASHINGTON-A majority of voters believe that President Donald Trump is tweeting too much, according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Wednesday.

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