Federal Court Rules that Government Officials Cannot Block Twitter Critics
States that people have the right to address their elected officials online
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced that they would be upholding a decision made last year by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald stating that elected officials, including the president, are not allowed to block their critics on social media platforms. The three-judge panel stated that “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.”
According to the appeals court, “The government is not permitted to ‘amplify’ favored speech by banning or burdening viewpoints with which it disagrees.” President Trump and many Congressional members use social media as an outlet for official statements. The order passed down did not require the president and others to unblock users, but simply stated that people have the right to reply directly to their elected leaders.
- For all government officials to have wisdom on how they handle social media.
- For the many judges on the appeals courts as they face emerging issues with new technology.
- For clear social media policies to come out from the federal government.