Latest in Gear

Image credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Trump tries to overturn ruling stopping him from blocking Twitter users

He wants a rehearing.
1077 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is determined to challenge an appeals court ruling preventing him from blocking critics on Twitter. The Justice Department has filed papers for Trump that demanded a rehearing by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, arguing that the three-judge panel's unanimous decision was "fundamentally misconceived." The move would supposedly create a chilling effect for politicians if upheld.

"Public officials who address matters relating to their public office on personal accounts will run the risk that every action taken on that account will be state action subject to constitutional scrutiny," according to the filing.

The challenge may face an uphill battle. In the earlier ruling, Circuit Judge Barrington Parker noted that @RealDonaldTrump is "one of the White House's main vehicles" for official activity -- it's under scrutiny precisely because many of Trump's tweets are state actions. He "hereby ordered" companies to find alternatives to production in China on August 23rd while using his personal account, for example, and incorrectly . If Trump was allowed to block critics of his policies on his personal account, other politicians could simply shift their announcements to personal accounts to avoid their responsibilities for civic interaction.

This lines up to a degree with a January ruling that an official's Facebook page is a public forum. As it is, there are calls for consistency across the aisle. Critics have sued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arguing that they, too, shouldn't be blocked on Twitter merely based on disagreements. While Trump may not be fond of seeing critics' tweets, the ruling could also ensure that rival politicians have to contend with online objectors of their own.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
1077 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

First commercial electric airplane completes test flight

First commercial electric airplane completes test flight

View
Twitter will no longer destroy the quality of uploaded JPEGs

Twitter will no longer destroy the quality of uploaded JPEGs

View
The Morning After: Apple's $52,599 Mac Pro

The Morning After: Apple's $52,599 Mac Pro

View
Amazon breaks down its Christmas delivery cut-offs for 2019

Amazon breaks down its Christmas delivery cut-offs for 2019

View
Twitch spends big to keep top streamers DrLupo, TimTheTatman and LIRIK

Twitch spends big to keep top streamers DrLupo, TimTheTatman and LIRIK

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr