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He may be President, but he's not allowed block Twitter users he disagrees with.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 3:24 AM
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 8:18 AM

He may be President, but he's not allowed to do one thing on Twitter: Block users he disagrees with.

That, at least, is according to a new US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that said Donald Trump limiting users' access to his Twitter account (by blocking them) is unconstitutional. Because he's cutting off access for those with whom he disagrees, Trump "engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination," according to the ruling.

The President's use of his personal Twitter account is unprecedented, using the platform to break news, reverse plans and single out political foes. And he's been on the site for more than a decade, joining all the way back in March 2009. All that has created a unique set of challenges for the largely unregulated platform.

Just last month, Twitter announced it would begin labeling and demoting tweets from world leaders that violate its rules, including dehumanization, degradation and the glorification of violence. 

The President says Twitter and Facebook are biased against him and fellow conservatives. He has claimed Twitter was limiting who could follow him.

Following the ruling two seperate lawsuits were filed against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for blocking people on her @AOC Twitter account.

President Trump will have a chance to air his grievances to more than 280 people later this week. He's hosting a social media summit at the White House, though Facebook and Twitter will reportedly not be there.

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