Seven Twitter Users File Suit Against Donald Trump For Blocking Them

By Christian Smith, New York

A group of Twitter users who claimed to have been blocked by the US President have filed a lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, against him. 

President Donald Trump is an avid user of the social media site. At present, he has 33.7m followers. The official @POTUS account has 19.3m.

Last month, the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that President  Trump’s tweets were considered “official statements by the president of the United States.”

Mr Spicer and Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media are also named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, on Tuesday, accuses the president of using his @realDonaldTrump account to suppress dissent.

The seven tweeters argued that President Donald Trump’s account amounts to a “kind of digital town hall in which the president and his aides use the tweet function to communicate news and information to the public, and members of the public use the reply function to respond to the president and his aides and exchange views with one another.”

They want the Supreme Court to rule that blocking people from the account was “unconstitutional.”

 

 

 

 

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