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Appeals Court Says Trump Cannot Block Twitter Critics

President Trump’s prolific use of his Twitter account has effectively turned it into an official White House forum, which means every American has the right to follow @realDonaldTrump if they choose, a federal appeals court ruled.

The case stems from Mr. Trump’s decision to block seven followers who criticized his policies on his account, an action that the court ruled was a violation of their First Amendment right to free speech. The decision has sweeping implications for public officials who use Twitter accounts to engage with the public. On the other hand, it has no impact on Twitter accounts used by public officials for entirely private matters.

In its ruling, the court concluded, “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.”

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