Monday 20 August 2018

Judge rules that Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter

President Donald Trump speaking in the White House (Susan Walsh/AP)
President Donald Trump speaking in the White House (Susan Walsh/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A federal judge in New York has said that President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan issued the written decision on Wednesday.

In the ruling, she said no government official - including the president - is above the law.

The case was brought last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven individuals blocked by Mr Trump after criticising the Republican president.

After a hearing this year, the judge had suggested that President Trump mute rather than block some of his critics.

At the time, a Justice Department attorney agreed that muting would enable President Trump to avoid a tweet he does not want to read.

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