The verdict is in! A federal judge has ruled that President Trump is forbidden from blocking Twitter users. The response came from a case brought on by seven people who criticized him and were blocked by the President. They argued that President Trump’s twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is a “public forum” under the First Amendment, according to MSN News.
The government responded by stating that blocked individuals could still have access to read the President’s tweets. The Judge agreed, but stated that the blocked individuals can’t interact directly with the President, therefore, the impact is represented as a “real, albeit narrow, slice of speech.” Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, ruled that blocking someone from viewing his twitter account is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment.
“While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the President’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,” Buchwald wrote.
Social media has indeed changed the way politics are run, and leaves many debating what they think is constitutional and unconstitutional.
President Trump is the first President, who oversees his own Twitter account, rather than having social media handlers, so it is often seen as controversial. We don’t all have White House clearances, so it is the first time we get to connect with the President of the United States. On one hand, will this give people the freedom to go and criticize more freely, since Trump won’t be able to block them. Clearly, there is some downside to being President of the United States. Either way, nobody ever wins. Whose side are you on? 85% of people side with President Trump, while 15% side with the Judge’s verdict. Read the full story on MSN here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
A judge ruled that Trump can’t block users on Twitter – as it is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment. Whose side are you on?
Zip users in 106 cities and 31 states weighed in on this question.