The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit denied the White House’s request for en banc review of a ruling that Trump violated the First Amendment when blocked critics on Twitter.
His administration had appealed for a review of the unanimous three-judge ruling by the 2nd Circuit in July 2019, which holds that President’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account is a “public forum” under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
The U.S. District Court judge’s ruled that his blocking of individual accounts on Twitter was unconstitutional, rejecting the argument from his lawyers that Donald’s own First Amendment rights would not be respected if he was disallowed to block users.
The district court ordered Donald to unblock the plaintiffs’ accounts and forbade him to block speakers on the basis of political views.
The lawsuit against the President was filed in 2017 by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute and seven individuals who told that Trump blocked them from the @realDonaldTrump account after they were criticizing him.