Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump appealing ruling that bars blocking of Twitter critics

Trump appealing ruling that bars blocking of Twitter critics

However, Buchwald did rule that Trump could "mute" users he wished to ignore, which would still allow them to respond to his tweets. Did you miss me? They've lost 2x more people than 9/11.

The Justice Department is appealing a ruling made last month that President Trump can not block followers to his Twitter account based on their political views, according to a court filing. Justice Department attorney Michael Baer wrote in August 2017 that the case could prove to be harmful to the First Amendment and that dictating "that a president's choices about whom to follow, and whom to block, on Twitter", a private company, could "violate the Constitution".

Trump has made his Twitter account - with more than 52 million followers - an integral and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics.

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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Although they were still able to see the tweets without logging in to Twitter, and to quote Trump's tweets in their own messages, their comments were excluded from the threads that make up a public "conversation" involving the president and his Twitter followers.

Model Chrissy Teigen tweeted that she is still blocked by the president. Other famous people who have been blocked include authors Anne Rice and Stephen King.

Buckwalter-Poza, the judicial affairs editor for Daily Kos, said she's confident she and other Trump critics will win again on appeal. VoteVets is also still blocked by Trump, the progressive veterans organization tweeted Monday. The Justice Department confirmed that the plaintiffs had been unblocked. "We brought forth this lawsuit not just to get ourselves unblocked but everyone else too".

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