US Judge Questions Whether Donald Trump Can Block Twitter Users

  • US Judge Questions Whether Donald Trump Can Block Twitter Users

US Judge Questions Whether Donald Trump Can Block Twitter Users

Alex Edelman/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomIn order to resolve an unusual First Amendment lawsuit over whether President Donald Trump can block people on Twitter, a federal judge has a suggestion: What if he just pretended to listen to them? She pitched a suggestion to both sides in the lawsuit yesterday: What if Trump merely "muted" these people instead of blocking them?

While Baer said that both blocking and muting are part of "the president's associational freedoms", the plaintiffs' attorney, Katharine Fallow, suggested that she and her clients would not oppose the judge's suggestion. Buchwald said adding, "He can avoid hearing them by muting them".

Katie Fallow, a lawyer for Knight, said that while muting was not a "perfect solution", it would be far less restrictive than blocking.

"It's not a flawless solution, but certainly, it is a pretty good one", said Ms.

People on Twitter are unable to see or respond to tweets from accounts that block them. The suit argues that Trump's Twitter account is a "public forum" under First Amendment law, and that blocking critical voices imposes a viewpoint-based restriction that violates the First Amendment.

Buchwald suggested the muting facet of Twitter could solve the whole problem because it would allow the seven to still follow and reply to Trump, while giving Trump a bit of control over who sees their posts.

The hearing is the result of a lawsuit filed by seven people blocked by President Donald Trump on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump is well-known for his love of the social network Twitter, which he joined back in 2009.

But another plaintiff who was present at the hearing, Nick Pappas, a comic and writer, said Buchwald's proposed settlement is OK by him. "And I think that's not the way our government should act". "I never thought that Trump would be reading my tweets".

She said this represented "viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment", which guarantees free speech under the USA constitution. Buchwald seemed receptive to that argument, saying at one point that "it is not the case that the only person who is harmed is the blockee".

Baer also argued that the court can not order the president to unblock users, because of his position as head of another branch of government.

If the parties don't reach a resolution Buchwald will issue her ruling soon.