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Knight First Amendment Institute sues Donald Trump over Twitter Blocking

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U.S. President Donald Trump has been sued by a free-speech group, which claims his practice of blocking Twitter users violates the First Amendment.

Trump, who uses the “@realDonaldTrump” account in office, has been sued by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York, along with seven individual Twitter users, reports said.

The suit claimed that Trump’s blocking of users who were critical of him was a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

“President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important public forum for speech by, to, and about the President. In an effort to suppress dissent in this forum, Defendants have excluded – ‘blocked’ – Twitter users who have criticized the President or his policies. This practice is unconstitutional, and this suit seeks to end it,” the lawsuit read.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in the Southern District of New York, claimed it was a violation to suppress dissent.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer noted in June that Trump’s tweets are official statements and the White House often sends out official statements everytime the President tweets.

Trump, along with Spicer and Dan Scavino, the White House Director of Social Media, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that works to defend and strengthen the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education.

The seven individual plaintiffs in the suit are writer and political consultant Rebecca Buckwalter, Prof. Philip Cohen, political organizer Holly Figueroa, resident in general surgery Eugene Gu, police officer Brandon Neely, former professional cyclist Joseph Papp and comic/writer Nicholas Pappas.

The federal suit is case number 1:17-cv-05205.

The White House is yet to make any comment on the suit.

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4 Comments

  1. marie

    July 13, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I neva knew that you could sue a president in office. ……hmmm

  2. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Na wa oh. They should allow this man rule peacefully

    • Weezy

      July 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      With all due respect, this type of thinking is why Nigeria does not progress.

      You want him to “rule peacefully” in a democracy? He is not a king. The president is a servant of the people, not the other way around.

      I’ll bet you that they will win this case. This is what happens when citizens and civil society know their rights and are not afraid to ask for what they want.

  3. Lacey

    July 13, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    @Weezy Trump has the right to block them!!! Going on someone’s handle to insult them, is totally wrong!!! Please don’t come here to spew ignorance as rights!!!
    This case will be thrown out of court, as there is no basis , it is horrendous!!!

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