Trump Forced to Unblock 7 Twitter Users Who Sued Him

August 29, 2018 - 5:02 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Does the President of the United States have the right to block people from his Twitter account if he doesn't like what they say about him? 

On August 10, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sent the Justice Department a list of 41 accounts that had remained blocked from Trump’s @RealDonaldTrump account. The seven users who filed suit had their accounts unblocked in June. At least 20 of those individuals said on Twitter that Trump had unblocked them on Tuesday.

In May, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said Trump’s blocks were unconstitutional as his Twitter feed was a public forum which “has been used in the course of the appointment of officers (including cabinet secretaries), the removal of officers and the conduct of foreign policy.” Buchwald advised Trump to use Twitter’s “mute” function instead and asked the president and White House social media director Dan Scavino to unblock the users.

Philip Cohen is not a fan of the president, and the tweet that got him blocked made that pretty obvious.

Cohen says it never occurred to him that the President would block him and it left him dumbfounded.

The White House says the President plans to appeal the ruling.