The White House opposed and intends to appeal the decision.
A federal judge in New York ruled that US President Donald Trump has no right to block Twitter users because of criticism in his address. As reported by The New York Times, the court found the bans a violation of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
The judge was Naomi Rice Buchwald, who was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1999. She ruled that the Twitter lock violated the right of US citizens to freedom of speech.
The suit against Trump was filed by the Institute of the First Amendment named after Knight of the Columbia University of the USA (Knight First Amendment Institute). The appeal referred to seven users of Twitter, which the president blocked. The plaintiffs assured that Trump can not, on the basis of political views, deny access to his blog, which has become a platform for disputes and discussions.
A representative of the US Department of Justice told CNBC that the authorities “respectfully have to disagree” with the court’s decision and are still thinking about what to do next. The White House has 60 days to appeal the ruling. Earlier, right after the first court hearings, the US government stated that the blockages in Trump’s personal account do not contradict the Constitution.
According to CNBC, the president blocked about 150 verified users of the social network and “at least hundreds” of other accounts.
After the inauguration in January 2017, Trump began to use the official accounton Twitter (23.2 million subscribers), which is passed from president to president. At the same time, the head of state continued to publish records in his personal account , which has 52.2 million subscribers. The suit in question was about Trump’s personal account.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 23 May 2018
The first amendment to the US Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791. It says that the US Congress will not restrict freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and will respect the right of citizens to write petitions to the government.