Us President Donald Trump has been sued by a free-press speech group along side the Knight First Institute at Colombia University in New York City. they however claimed that Trump has violated the first amendment with his constant practice of blocking twitter Users.
Trump whose office account’s twitter handle is @realdonaldtrump is known for its quick dissemination of important news and information about the government, the account also serves as a public opinion forum.
The suit claimed that Trump’s blocking of users who were judgmental about his posts was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in the Southern District of New York, claimed it was a violation to suppress dissent.
The Lawsuit however read: ““In an effort to suppress dissent in this forum, Defendants have excluded – ‘blocked’ – Twitter users who have criticized the President or his policies. This practice is unconstitutional, and this suit seeks to end it,”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer noted in June that Trump’s tweets are official statements and the White House often sends out official statements every time the President tweets.
However the defendants in the lawsuit are Trump, along side Spicer and Dan Scavino, the White House Director of Social mLMedia.
According to the complaint the organization “works to defend and strengthen the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education,” according to the complaint.
The seven individual plaintiffs in the suit are writer and political consultant Rebecca Buckwalter, Prof. Philip Cohen, political organiser Holly Figueroa, resident in general surgery Eugene Gu, police officer Brandon Neely, former professional cyclist Joseph Papp and comic/writer Nicholas Pappas.
The federal suit is case number 1:17-cv-05205.
However, the White House is yet to make any comment on the suit.