The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a declaratory judgment holding that President Trump’s blocking of his critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. The ruling is included in full below.
UPDATE: Here’s more …
A federal court ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s wanton smashing of the “block” button on Twitter is unconstitutional.
In July 2017, civil liberties group Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued Trump on behalf of seven people whom he’d blocked on Twitter.
The ruling, made by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, determines that the president’s @realDonaldTrump account is a “public forum,” and therefore his blocking people based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment. It also includes an agonizingly thorough description of what Twitter is and how it works but manages to leave out the phrase “hellscape” entirely.