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A U.S. court has ruled the country's controversial president can not block someone on Twitter "in response to the political views that person has expressed".

No matter how offensive they might be, a federal judge has decided that President Trump can not block critics on Twitter, his favorite means of communication.

What's more, Buchwald said, the space below Trump's tweets that show the public's replies are a public forum, because it is "generally accessible to the public" and anyone with a Twitter account is able to view those responses, assuming that the user has not been blocked.

The US Justice Department, which represented Trump in the case, said it "respectfully disagreed with the court's decision and are considering our next steps".

Although they were still able to see the tweets without logging in to Twitter, and to quote Trump's tweets in their own messages, their comments were excluded from the threads that make up a public "conversation".

The case was brought last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing the Republican president.

Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, which the Knight Foundation helped found, tweeted a screen shot of that line from Buchwald's opinion.

"No government official - including the President - is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared", the judge said.

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Buchwald said that their inability to reply to Trump's tweets after being blocked amounted to a violation of their First Amendment rights. He may be president, the DOJ argued, but Trump still maintains a right to decide who he spends time with on the social media platform.

"The President, like other public officials, routinely engages in conduct that is not state action, whether that might be giving a toast at a wedding or giving a speech at a fundraiser", the Justice Department wrote in a brief, according to The Washington Post.

In addition to Trump, the lawsuit named White House social media director and assistant to the president Daniel Scavino.

Buchwald refrained from filing an injunction against Trump to immediately unblock his critics as the district court expects him to comply with the law.

"The more important social media becomes to the public discourse, the more important it becomes to defend First Amendment rights on social media", DeCell said.

Trump has garnered over 52.2 million followers posting about everything from the National Football League to North Korea to his disdain for Robert Mueller probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"I think this decision is correct", Giampietro said.


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