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A court has ruled that Trump banning twitter users is a violation of the first amendment.

9 Responses to “Life in the future”

  1. Divemedic Says:

    Feel free to do the same on Frederica Wilson’s facebook page.

  2. JTC Says:

    Fed courts of the Second and Ninth Circuits ruling on Constitutional issues is like…well you know what it’s like.

  3. docmerlin Says:

    Makes sense, it is a violation of their right to petition the government for redress of grievances, just as it would be if your senator stopped accepting your mail.

  4. HL Says:

    Then how is it ok for Twitter to ban users?

  5. Lyle Says:

    Whose Twitter account is it? If it’s his personal account then it’s no different from banning someone from his living room at his own house. First amendment my ass.

    The Whitehouse has e-mail accounts, and we all have Representatives, and anyone can write letters, etc.

    On the other hand, if it’s an official account, then maybe.

    So; is the president entitled to his own account, which he alone controls any way he likes, or is all of his personal property suspended, becoming public property, while he’s in office?

    Since the very concept of personal property has been under attack, and is being systematically eroded, I suppose nothing is off the table for the authoritarians.

    The document we know of as the Ten Commandments has a few things to say on this matter, but even they are being re-written.

  6. nk Says:

    Per the Court, “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 online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees.”

    That just about kills it:
    1. All manner of official purposes;
    2. Otherwise open dialogue; and
    3. Only persons who express disagreeable views are excluded.

    As for Trump’s own First Amendment rights, he is in an even worse position than if it were a physical town hall because 1) the “hecklers” are not preventing him in any wise from being heard, 2) nobody (including him) has to “hear” them if they don’t want to, 3) and the only cost is to Twitter’s bandwidth.

    And why Twitter was not an indispensable party in this case, I don’t know.

  7. JTC Says:

    (Utilized for) “All manner of official purposes”.

    Is it? If so it’s an easy fix. Personal comments only…as if everything he says isn’t personal. Only personal responses allowed also. Separate accounts for official blather handled by staff. Which one do you think will get all the followers?

    It’s his place. “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”. That’s as good of a rule as it ever was for private property and Constitutional rights.

  8. Lyford Says:

    It is his personal account, but he uses it to announce major policy decisions, and his own spokesman has said that his tweets are official statements of the President of the United States.

    It’s hard to argue that he’s not using it for official purposes.

  9. JTC Says:

    Lyford, see above…personal comments and responses only, which will probably up his hit count.

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