WASHINGTON—A federal judge in the Southern District of New York ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump can no longer block twitter users for offering criticism.
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“The viewpoint-based exclusion of the individual plaintiffs from that designated public forum is proscribed by the First Amendment,” U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote.
The ruling comes after Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven Twitter users who were blocked after criticizing Trump on the social media site.
Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, applauded the ruling as “a careful application of core First Amendment principles to government censorship on a new communications platform.”
“The president’s practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end,” Jaffer said in a statement.
Others who were blocked by the president urged Trump to act quickly to open his account to all.
Will everyone following us please tweet at @realdonaldtrump to follow the Constitution and unblock us, and the 550,000 vets, military families and civilian supporters we represent? #BlockedbyTrump https://t.co/x46jhF0s9q
— VoteVets (@votevets) May 23, 2018
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.