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May 23, 2018
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Twitter Blocking as Unconstitutional?

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Federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that blocking users from viewing President Trump's Twitter is unconstitutional and in violation of the First Amendment. According to NBC News, the government argued that the President himself has First Amendment Rights that must be considered, as well as pointed out that blocked individuals can still access the President's tweets. However, the Judge Buchwald ruled that prevented users from directly interacting with him on Twitter still violated users' freedom of speech. 

I'm no fan of Trump or his  use of Twitter, but I disagree with Judge Buchwald's ruling. Her ruling depends on classifying Trump's Twitter account as a public forum, and I disagree with that classification. Twitter is still a company that can choose to censor its users as it sees fit. The existence of private accounts on Twitter also defies the "public forum" classification. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/trump-can-t-block-users-his-twitter-feed-federal-judge-n876831?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma

Header image courtsey of CNN.com.

 

 

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