Lawyers Clash in Manhattan Court Over Trump's Right to Block Twitter Users

  • Lawyers Clash in Manhattan Court Over Trump's Right to Block Twitter Users

Lawyers Clash in Manhattan Court Over Trump's Right to Block Twitter Users

"No one should assume they're definitely going to win".

Twitter posts from the president appear on both Mr. Trump's @realDonaldTrump account and the presidential @POTUS account.

Blocked users are still capable of reading the president's tweets by logging out of their accounts, and could link to or screencap his tweets to criticize them. The private company offers users a means of booting obnoxious posters, and the government, constrained by First Amendment issues, just doesn't have the right to interfere. Instead, they concerned the nature of Twitter.

The brief goes on to argue that Trump's propensity to block his critics on Twitter is authoritarian and counterproductive to fostering democratic dialogue. The word "metaphysical" was uttered.

The case, heard by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court, was brought by seven - Seven! - users who'd been blocked by Trump.

The plaintiffs have said Trump's account is a public forum, and that the president can not block Twitter users simply because they criticize him in replies to his tweets.

Baer argued that it was Trump's prerogative, no different from the president deciding in a room filled with people not to listen to some. US Department of Justice attorney Michael Baer said the suit should be thrown out on jurisdictional grounds, saying Trump doesn't regulate access to a public forum on Twitter.

Baer and other attorneys for the government left the courthouse briskly, opting not to stop and answer questions from the media.

"It's not a ideal solution, but certainly, it is a pretty good one", said Ms. She noted that muting would be "much less restrictive" of her clients' rights.

Such a compromise may not be so palatable as it sounds. The White House did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment. (The White House has confirmed that the president's tweets are indeed official statements).

The suggestion to employ the silencing feature was so Trump doesn't block certain Twitter users, according to the Associated Press, a practice that has led to a lawsuit. Effectively, it would be the same as a Congressman or Senator who told staff members to throw out any correspondence received from a particular constituent without opening it or to delete any emails they send.