Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Justice Department to appeal ruling that Trump can't block Twitter followers

Justice Department to appeal ruling that Trump can't block Twitter followers

In July 2017 the complaint in the Manhattan court to block the President filed on behalf of seven users of the social network, Knight First Amendment Institute, operating under the Columbia University, USA. The White House and the Justice Department have been contacted for comment.

Ms Buchwald's ruling stopped short of ordering Mr Trump to unblock users. "We look forward to defending the ruling in the Second Circuit", Jaffer said in a statement Monday, referring to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in NY.

The appeal notice, filed Monday before the USA appellate court in NY, refers to the original May 23 ruling by federal district Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.

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On Monday, the US Justice Department said it would appeal a federal judge's ruling that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform, reported Reuters.

The Knight Institute said Monday that the users who were named in the lawsuit have been unblocked, but added that the White House may still be blocking other critics. We complained. We sued.

Trump is a regular user of Twitter, where he reports and addresses various issues, and his personal account has nearly 52.4 million followers.

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That, she said, makes it a public forum equivalent to a town square, and the president can not exclude people from it because he doesn't like what they say.

The decision to unblock the plaintiffs from interacting with Trump's account was a gesture of constitutional modesty by the Trump administration at a time when he and his lawyers have been making increasingly aggressive assertions of executive powers.

Last year, Justice Department attorney Michael Baer wrote the case would push the First Amendment into "unchartered waters" if federal courts dictated what a president could or could not do on a website, Politico noted.

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Buckwalter-Poza, the judicial affairs editor for Daily Kos, said she's confident she and other Trump critics will win again on appeal. Since this President doesn't really engage with the "fake news media" like his predecessors did his podium is his Twitter account.

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