President Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter

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Lawyers at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have filed a complaint in a US district court in NY against the president, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and White House social media director Daniel Scavino, arguing that such blocking constitutes a violation of the First Amendment.

"President Trump's Twitter account has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important forum for speech by, to, or about the president", said Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute's executive director, in the release. "I'm troubled that the president can create a space on Twitter - where there are millions of people - that he can manipulate to give the impression that more agree with him than actually do", Philip Cohen, a university professor, said in a statement about the suit. The lawsuit cited a recent Trump tweet in which said his use of social media was "MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL".

The Knight Institute sent a letter to the White House last month threatening legal action if it didn't heed its call to unblock followers.

The lawsuit names Trump, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and Dan Scavino, Trump's social media director.

Suit claims Trump violates the First Amendment...

The Knight First Amendment Institute filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs on Tuesday morning in New York's Southern District, about one month after the organization issued an open letter calling for the president to unblock users who'd replied to the president's tweets with harsh criticisms.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The president's tweets "routinely generate tens of thousands of comments" in "vibrant discussion forums", and the account is used to make formal announcements, the suit says. "The President's advisors have stated that tweets from @realDonaldTrump are 'official statements, ' and they have been treated as such by politicians, world leaders, the National Archive and Records Administration, and federal courts", the complaint argues.

The seven plaintiff's are just a few of the people Trump has blocked so far.

Rebecca Buckwalter, a fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, whose account was blocked after she responded to a tweet by Mr. Trump on June 6 in which he disparaged the "fake news" media and said he would not have won the election if he relied on it.

His pinned tweet shows Trump blocking the advocacy group VoteVets, with the message: "Looks like he is blocking all veterans".

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