Trump may not block detractors on Twitter, rules US court

President Donald Trump has 60 million Twitter followers and is known to lash out on social media against his critics and even block them.

US federal court rules US president has violated the constitution by blocking critics whose viewpoints he disagrees with.

The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.

Ruling handed down by circuit-court judges - USA

Once the President has chosen a platform and opened up its interactive space to millions of users and participants, he may not selectively exclude those whose views he disagrees with.

Ruling handed down by circuit-court judges - USA

The lawsuit was filed in 2017 by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on behalf of a number of people Trump blocked.

The implications of this ruling will impact politicians across the board.

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