Judge's Ruling That Trump Can't Block Twitter Trolls Could Be A Huge Win For Right-WingersChris Menahan
May. 23, 2018
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A liberal federal judge's ruling against President Donald Trump in favor of liberal Twitter trolls could be a major win for right-wingers who've been censored and banned from social media.
From NY Daily News, "Trump can no longer block users on Twitter as judge declares his feed a public forum":
President Trump can't block Twitter users from viewing his prolific feed, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.This is what right-wingers like Chuck Johnson and Jared Taylor who are suing Twitter for banning them over their political views have been arguing for months.
While liberals are cheering this ruling thinking they pulled one over on "Drumpf," ruling these heavily censored social media sites are designated public forums and must respect the First Amendment is what everyone on the right with a brain has been pushing for for months.
Here's the judge's full statement:
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: granting in part and denying in part 34 Motion for Summary Judgment; granting in part and denying in part 42 Motion for Summary Judgment. We conclude that we have jurisdiction to entertain this dispute. Plaintiffs have established legal injuries that are traceable to the conduct of the President and Daniel Scavino and, despite defendants' suggestions to the contrary, their injuries are redressable by a favorable judicial declaration. Plaintiffs lack standing, however, to sue Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is dismissed as a defendant. Hope Hicks is also dismissed as a defendant, in light of her resignation as White House Communications Director. Turning to the merits of plaintiffs' First Amendment claim, we hold that the speech in which they seek to engage is protected by the First Amendment and that the President and Scavino exert governmental control over certain aspects of the @realDonaldTrump account, including the interactive space of the tweets sent from the account. That interactive space is susceptible to analysis under the Supreme Court's forum doctrines, and is properly characterized as a designated public forum. The viewpoint-based exclusion of the individual plaintiffs from that designated public forum is proscribed by the First Amendment and cannot be justified by the President's personal First Amendment interests. In sum, defendants' motion for summary judgment is granted in part and denied in part, and plaintiffs' cross-motion for summary judgment is granted in part and denied in part. The Clerk of the Court is directed to terminate the motions pending at docket entries 34 and 42. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on 5/23/2018) (ama) (Entered: 05/23/2018)Reactions:
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