Trump's Twitter Blocking Sprees May Violate The First Amendment


"The viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional", wrote attorneys at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in NY wrote. “Why didnt you attend your #PittsburghNotParis rally in DC, Sir?” he asked, adding “#fakeleader.” Trump blocked him too.

According to the demand letter, Joseph M. Papp (@joepabike), a registered Republican, was blocked after tweeting at the president twice on June 3.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump's approval rating is at 34%, a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday finds, a slight dip from the last time the university surveyed the President's popularity.

Some users have suggested the comedy writer contact the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and sue Trump for violating The Presidential Records Act which guarantees the public have access to Trump's public records, in this case they mean his Twitter feed.

This letter comes only days after a confusing back and forth from Trump's advisers on whether or not Trump's tweets represent the White House.

But among those willing to make the leap is the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

A legal group wants US President Donald Trump to unblock users from his Twitter account, arguing that his account constitutes a "designated public forum".

The numbers rose when voters were asked about Trump's campaign advisers - 40% said they did something illegal in dealing with Russian Federation, and an 25% said they did something unethical but not illegal.

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Both users discovered that they were blocked by the president on Twitter shortly after their posts.

Thus far, neither the White House nor Twitter have offered comments on the letter sent by the blocked users' legal representatives.

It's minor compared to his other scandals, but Trump has gotten roasted repeatedly for his behavior on Twitter, whether he's causing diplomatic problems or just having his past statements boomerang right in his face. According to CNN, lawsuits regarding the social media accounts of public figures are not unprecedented. A press release from the Institute is asking that Trump unblock certain Twitter users who disagreed with him.

While many of his lackeys have tried to say Trump's tweets shouldn't be taken too seriously, who are they kidding? The Institute said it would go after both accounts with "equal force".

The most constitutionally significant effect would be that blocked users apparently can't post to Twitter comment threads, at least without some complicated workarounds.

On the broader question of whether his tweets are hurting his presidency, 57 percent of voters said yes.

Morgan Weiland, an affiliate scholar with Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, says the blocked tweeters' complaint could air key questions if it ends up in court.

"Arguably, and very arguably hurling expletives at the President could fall under manner restriction, but the Supreme Court has said that one man's profanity is another man's lyric", he said.