Trump’s Twitter activities have infringed on individuals’ right to free speech, according to Columbia University’s based nonprofit, the Knight First Amendment Institute.
The group sued President Trump and other high ranking White House officials in Manhattan Federal court for their use of Twitter Tuesday, on grounds that blocking users with dissenting viewpoints is unconstitutional.
They sent a letter to the White House back in June warning of possible infractions by the President, his counsel, Social Media Director, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
At the time, the group was representing two users who claimed Trump blocked them for criticizing him. Arguing that given Trump’s use of the platform as an all out open door into the mind of the White House, the letter dubbed Trump’s Twitter account @realDonaldTrump “a public forum under the First Amendment.”
“President Trump’s Twitter account has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important forum for speech by, to, or about the president,” Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, said in a statement. “The First Amendment applies to this digital forum in the same way it applies to town halls and open school board meetings. The White House acts unlawfully when it excludes people from this forum simply because they’ve disagreed with the president.”
The lawsuit is the second in as many days for Trump, as the American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against him Monday for overstepping the Federal Advisory Committee Act in his request that states overturn their election data.
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