More of Donald Trump’s critics found themselves unblocked from his Twitter account, on Wednesday, in keeping with a court ruling that he can’t shut out opposing viewpoints.
A federal district court judge, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president’s account, and those of other government officials, were public forums and that blocking Twitter Inc users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The seven people named in the suit were unblocked as the decision was appealed. The institute tweeted, on Wednesday, that it had gotten word that many people on a list of 41 more Twitter users it had given to the Department of Justice had also been unblocked by Trump.
Buchwald rejected the argument that Trump’s First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact.
Trump could “mute” users, meaning he would not see their tweets while they could still respond to his, she said, without violating their free speech rights.