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Blocking the People

20 1 20
29.05.2018

A federal district court in New York made a far-reaching decision last week: U.S. President Donald Trump cannot block users on his Twitter account. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that officials who use their social media accounts to communicate with the public and choose to block some citizens are in effect violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.

The vision of the internet’s pioneers has come true, and now it seems that even the legal system recognizes this. The internet in general – and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in particular – have become the primary forum for political discourse, where ordinary citizens can express their views and gain ostensibly direct and........

© Haaretz