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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TRUMP TO FACE LEGAL ACTION FOR BLOCKING PEOPLE'S TWITTER ACCOUNTS


Donald Trump uses Twitter to attack his critics and, allegedly, block them

Donald Trump uses Twitter to attack his critics and, allegedly, block them



The US president is no stranger to a Twitter controversy. He is being sued by seven people who claim he is infringing on their rights to free speech.

The lawsuit was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute, a free speech group at Columbia University in New York.

Its clients, seven Twitter users, claim their accounts were blocked by Mr. Trump or his aides after they replied to his tweets in a critical manner.

Now that their accounts have been blocked by Mr. Trump, the users are unable to view his tweets or respond to them.

The lawsuit argues that Mr. Trump is preventing those users from joining the online conversation by blocking them.

It says his move is a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the right to free speech.

The users claim Mr. Trump is trying to ‘suppress dissent’.

The president isn’t the only one named in the lawsuit – White House press secretary Sean Spicer and social media director Daniel Scavino are also included.

Last month, Mr. Spicer said Mr. Trump’s tweets were ‘official statements by the president of the United States’.

His account, @realDonaldTrump, has 33.7 million followers, while the official @POTUS account has 19.3 million.

The suit reads: ‘The @realDonaldTrump account is 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.’

Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, said Mr. Trump’s Twitter account has become ‘an important source of news and information about the government’.

He said: ‘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.’

Those filing the lawsuit want an injunction that will require Mr. Trump to unlock their accounts and stop blocking others.

Eugene Gu, from Nashville, is one of those suing the president after he was blocked for making a critical comment.

He said: ‘Now I have extremely limited access to the public forum where I once could be heard. I feel cut off and as though I’m being treated like an outsider in my own country.’

The White House has not commented on the lawsuit.


Source: Ross McGuinness-Yahoo news.



Editorial

Opinion of the writers of this blog


People who live deceitful life and hate the truth, always find a way to silence, intimidate and oppress people. Since we launched this blog to inform the general public about the false information provided by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control about Aids and Ebola, we have experienced similar ordeal on the social media.

Without any tangible reasons, our social media accounts have been blocked and some of them completely deleted all because bad politicians who have committed medical crimes fear to face justice. A president has no right to block someone's account let alone those law breakers blocking our accounts on social media.

Actually, what they fear most which are enhancing them to abuse their power is exactly what will happen to them. They are evil people without souls. You can't kill innocent people with bio-weapons Aids and Ebola and deceive the world it's because of poverty. They will definitely pay for it at the right time.

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