On Tuesday, the Knight First Amendment Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of all those who have been blocked by President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter in the Southern District Court of New York. They are asking the president to unblock their accounts.
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a lawyer, says she was blocked after she had commented on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election even though her tweet was liked and retweeted by thousands of people.
“But sometimes a going to court is the only way to resolve things. Like when the president of the United States is violating your constitutional rights,” insists Buckwalter-Poza.
Essentially, getting blocked has prevented her from participating in public conversations about the president since she cannot see or reply to Trump’s account, or see any of his tweets that others are commenting upon.
The suit argues that Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is a “designated public forum,” subject to the First Amendment. And the “Constitution prohibits the government from excluding people from a designated public forum because of their views,” says Buckwalter-Poza.