Federal Judge Rules President Trump Can't Block Twitter Users

A federal judge ruled @realDonaldTrump is a public forum, so the president can't block anyone based on political speech.
Posted at 4:39 PM, May 23, 2018

A federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users from his @realDonaldTrump account. 

The decision is in response to a lawsuit filed in July by a group of Twitter users. As Newsy previously reported, the users claim they were blocked by the @realDonaldTrump account after criticizing either the president or his policies.

The ruling states that the @realDonaldTrump account is a "designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment."

The ruling also applies to Trump's social media director Dan Scavino, but drops press secretary Sarah Sanders and former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks as defendants. 

Trump's official Twitter account has more than 52 million followers and more than 37,000 tweets. 

The judge did not specifically order Trump to unblock the users who have been blocked from his account, but did say, "we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional."