President Trump unblocked more Twitter users from his account, following a federal court ruling earlier this year that blocking users violates the First Amendment.
In May, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New Yorkby blocking them and thus making them unable to see the President’s tweets. The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute on behalf of seven people who had been blocked by the president. All seven plaintiffs in the case were unblocked in June, and the Knight First Amendment Institute said it had received information that up to 41 other names reported to DOJ had also been unblocked.
“We are delighted to see the White House take action to comply with the District Court ruling that the First Amendment prohibits the president from blocking Twitter users simply because they criticized him,” Katie Fallow, Senior Counsel at the Knight First Amendment Institute. at Columbia University, said in a statement. “Last month, we identified 41 Twitter users at the Justice Department who were blocked by the President on the basis of their views, and we received reports that many of these people subsequently been released. “
“However, we continue to receive reports that people beyond those we have identified remain blocked on the @realDonaldTrump account,” she continued. “If these individuals have been blocked on the basis of their views, it behooves the White House to unblock them immediately.”
Fallow said they will continue to work with the Justice Department to ensure the White House restores access “to all people who have been blocked on the basis of their views,” and looks forward to defend the decision of the district court before the court of appeal.
The White House has repeatedly stated that the President’s tweets are official statements by the President, and Mr. Trump often makes important policies andvia Twitter. The president announced layoffs and resignations of senior officials in his administration via Twitter. The president has 54 million followers on Twitter.