Lawyers for two Twitter users sent the White House a letter
President Donald Trump's tweeter feed is photographed on a computer screen in Washington, Monday. April 3, 2017. photo: AP/J. David Ake, photo: AP/J. David
06 of June 2017 15:55:03
NEW YORK – President Donald Trump may be the nation's tweeter-in-chief, but some Twitter users say he's violating the First Amendment by blocking people from his feed after they posted scornful comments.Lawyers for two Twitter users sent the White House a letter Tuesday demanding they be un-blocked from the Republican president's @realDonaldTrump account.The White House hasn't responded.The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in New York wrote the letter on behalf of the blocked tweeters.Although Trump started @realDonaldTrump as a private citizen, the institute's lawyers argue he's made it a government-designated public forum by using it to discuss polices and engage with citizens. They say it's unconstitutional to exclude people from such a forum based on their views.Blocking people on Twitter means they can't easily see and comment on your tweets.