President Donald Trump is no longer allowed to block people on Twitter, according to a federal court ruling.
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In 2017, Trump was sued for blocking Twitter users, and now the 2018 ruling made by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York that found blocking his critics from his Twitter account to be unconstitutional has been affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
"The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees," wrote Judge Barrington D. Parker.
Since Trump uses his social media account for government purposes, he can't choose to block people who criticize, disagree, or mock him.
"This debate, as uncomfortable and as unpleasant as it frequently may be, is nonetheless a good thing," Judge Parker wrote. "In resolving this appeal, we remind the litigants and the public that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that the best response to disfavored speech on matters of public concern is more speech, not less."
The Department of Justice disagrees with the ruling, and plans to take action.
"We are disappointed with the court's decision and are exploring possible next steps," said Kelly Laco, a department spokeswoman. "As we argued, President Trump's decision to block users from his personal Twitter account does not violate the First Amendment."
The ruling ensures that no one will be excluded from Trump's public Twitter forum because they have differing viewpoints from the president.