Freedom of speech extends to social media and a federal Court has set a precedent that you cannot just choose to stop people from reacting to your views on the social media.
A federal court ruled Donald Trump could not constitutionally block people on Twitter, and that has also applied to Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she has been threatened with a lawsuit for allegedly doing the same.
The court stated that the president’s blockings infringed on first amendment rights to free speech and that people had a right to see his posts, reply to his tweets, and send him messages.
The 2nd circuit court of appeals stated that because Mr Trump uses a non-private Twitter account to communicate with the public about his administration and its policies, blocking violated a constitutional free speech protection as it was deemed government discrimination against specific viewpoints.
The decision of the Court has given rise to a possible lawsuit from Former Democratic New York assemblyman Dov Hikind—who has been blocked by the freshman representative on Twitter— The Former assemblman told FoxNews he was exploring where he would be filing his suit and if there would be any other plaintiffs.
In an email to Fox News, Mr Hikind stated: “Most likely we will be [the] only plaintiff, but [we will be] citing other examples.”
“The claim is [the] same as [the] one against Trump. She uses that account for political/policy commentary, so to shut a citizen off from her statements is a problem — as well as blocking me from petitioning her or seeking redress.” he added.
Mr Hikind referred to how the court designated Mr Trump’s @RealDonaldTrump account an official account, despite Mr Trump’s claim the feed was private. While he has an official government @POTUS account, Mr Trump uses his personal feed to make policy announcements and social commentary. So blocking people amounts to preventing freedom of speech.
In same manner, Ms Ocasio-Cortez maintains two Twitter feeds, her personal, non-government, active @AOC account and her official account @RepAOC which is rarely used.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez has allegedly blocked conservative journalists who had replied to her tweets including One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler and The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra because they object to her views and try to call her out on her excesses.
Mr Hikind has encouraged other people blocked by Ms Ocasio-Cortez to come forward via Twitter, perhaps to find additional plaintiffs in the case.
He tweeted on Tuesday: “If you or anyone you know has been blocked by @AOC please get in touch with me ASAP!”
Following the ruling of the court against Donald Trump, it is left to be seen if the Federal Court will rule against Ms Cortez who is now a known gang leader of the Far Left squad of the Democratic party.
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