2nd Circ. Trump Twitter Ruling Will Bolster Public Discourse
Law360 (July 25, 2019, 12:08 PM EDT) -- On July 9, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Donald J. Trump and affirmed the district court’s ruling that President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked users from his Twitter account.
Specifically, the court held that Trump engaged in unlawful viewpoint discrimination when he blocked users who criticized him or his policies on his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account from further viewing and interacting with the tweets on his page.
In 2009, before his presidency, Trump registered the @realDonaldTrump account as a personal account and used it...
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