Google Play App Store

Legal NewsNews Legal BlogsLaw Blogs Branding BlogsJudgements Branding BlogsBranding Blogs All Legal News and BlogsAll Blogs Legal JobsLaw Jobs

Federal appeals court rules Trump cannot block Twitter followers Federal appeals court rules Trump cannot block Twitter followers

Bronze medal Reporter Adv. John Posted 11 Jul 2019 Read More News and Blogs
Federal appeals court rules Trump cannot block Twitter followers

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump cannot selectively block followers of his Twitter with whom he disagrees.

The ruling affirmed a decision by a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, who held that the “interactive space” in the account is a public forum and that the exclusion from that space was unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.

The appeals court held that the president’s decision to use what they called, “a relatively new type of social media platform to conduct official business and interact with the public,” prevented him, or any public official who so chooses, from blocking individuals based on their viewpoints. The government argued that although the president’s Twitter is not altogether independent of the presidency, his blocking was his private right. The court acknowledged that the president’s account was private before his being elected, and will revert to a private account after his term in office, but the case before it concerns what the account is now.

The president’s Twitter posts, the court noted, have been described by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer as “official statements by the President of the United States,” and the president’s tweets are official records, according to the National Archives.

The nature of the president’s account as official is overwhelming, the court found. “Once it is established that the President is a government actor with respect to his use of the Account, viewpoint discrimination violates the First Amendment.”

https://www.jurist.org/news/2019/07/federal-appeals-court-rules-trump-cannot-block-twitter-followers/

Note:- We try our level best to avoid any kind of abusive content posted by users. Kindly report to us if you notice any. This report may be copied from a news/channel/magazine/blog/site for knowledge sharing, where PathLegal DISCLAIM any ownership of the content posted and offer NO warranty about the data. In case of any objection, please do write to [email protected]

Copyright @ Pathmpor Consultants Pvt Ltd

F

r

e

e


A

d

v

i

c

e