The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a federal appeals court ruling that former President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked critics on Twitter.
The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside a federal appeals court ruling that former President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when barring critics from following his Twitter account.
Between Trump’s election defeat and Twitter’s Jan. 8 lawsuit, the lawsuit has already lost its practical impact.
However, in this case, both parties continue to defend the fate of the decision of the appellate court. Before Trump left office, the judiciary asked their judges to remove the precedent, while those who sued him tried to keep it intact.
The appellate court said a social media account run by government officials could become a “public forum” protected by the constitution if government business is conducted. The Supreme Court has said that the government cannot discriminate in any public forum based on the views of the Speaker.
The case involved seven people who were blocked after criticizing Trump, meaning they could not view, reply to or retweet their tweets while logging on to social media sites. The seven have been sued by the Knight First Correctional Institute at Columbia University. Twitter Inc. Was not involved in this case.
Trump set up his Twitter account in March 2009 and brought it with him to the White House, making it one of his favorite means of communication. The Trump account was used by the new policy to dismiss cabinet secretaries and later make baseless claims of election fraud.
Judicial attorneys argued that the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling would prevent officials from using their social media to be driven by harassment, trolling, and hate speech. Twitter users said government officials would still be able to prevent threats and obscenities and take steps to limit the replies to what a person can post within a certain period of time.
The name was given after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Biden vs. Knight First Amendment Institute, 20-19.