An untold number of Americans learned the hard way the consequences of criticizing the President on Twitter, as they found themselves on the Commander in Chief’s block list. Now, a group representing those Twitter users slapped Trump with a lawsuit, claiming that he trampled on the users’ constitutional rights.
Twitter Users Sue Trump
Trump’s online critics claim now that Trump is the nation’s Commander in Chief, blocking them forever for telling him what’s on their mind is a violation of their constitutional rights.
The lawsuit was filed with the Southern District of New York Court Tuesday by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute. The plaintiffs suggest that Twitter is the digital equivalent of a public town hall, so, no American should be denied access to what the U.S. president is saying.
According to court documents, the presidential Twitter account has morphed into a public forum and an “important source of news and information about the government.” The suit accused Trump of suppressing dissent whenever he blocks someone on Twitter.
This practice is unconstitutional, and this suit seeks to end it,
The suit reads.
Trump Supporters’s Argument Dismantled by the WH
Trump’s fans, on the other hand, argue that the president’s Twitter account is not a public forum as Twitter is run by a privately-held company. So, he can use the banhammer on whoever he likes. Ironically, the White House dismissed that argument last month when Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that everything Trump says should be seen as official statements on behalf of the office of the POTUS.
In other words, Trump’s Twitter account should be considered an official tool. So, preventing users from expressing themselves would be a violation of the first amendment rights. The lawsuit also cites a Supreme Court decision which states that social media platforms have become ‘perhaps the most powerful mechanisms available to a private citizen to make his or her voice heard.’
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