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    US Appeals Court: Trump Can’t Block Twitter Critics

    The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that simply disagreeing with someone’s comments isn’t enough to let President Trump block them on Twitter. The 3-0 decision upholds an earlier federal ruling that found his tendency to block detractors is unconstitutional because he’s a public official. Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute had launched the lawsuit on behalf of seven Twitter users who’d found themselves cut off by the president.

    Will Trump appeal to the Supreme Court? That’s unclear: He’s previously said his personal Twitter account isn’t a public forum while also claiming his posts are “government speech,” which is beyond First Amendment jurisdiction.

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