Test of Trump's Twitter Shield Goes Before NY Court

Donald Trump's Twitter feed on a computer screen in Washington

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald entertained oral arguments Thursday from the Trump administration and attorneys for several Twitter users blocked by the president amid a freedom of speech lawsuit brought on the latter's behalf by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The users argued that Trump blocked them because they responded critically to one of his tweets and the block violates their First Amendment rights by limiting their access to important online conversations.

"Isn't the answer that he simply mutes the person he finds offensive?" she said.

Eventually, the judge offered a middle-ground solution, telling Baer that the president could "mute" the critics instead of blocking, therefore being able to ignore their tweets while not keeping them from actually being able to speak at him. Both parties' attorneys said they would need to bring the idea to their clients, but Katherine Fallow, a Knight Institute lawyer said, "It's not a flawless solution, but certainly, it is a pretty good one".

"It's not a flawless solution, but certainly, it is a pretty good one", said Katherine Fallow, a Knight institute lawyer.

Twitter users who are blocked from Trump's account can't view his tweets or replies while logged in; if those users sign out of Twitter, they may still be able to view the posts.

The government, though, says Trump's Twitter profile is a personal account, and thus not a public forum - even though he uses it to communicate with the world as a public official.

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Trump later sent a letter on January 25 to Faki and other African leaders underscoring the U.S.'s commitment to the continent. US officials did not intervene to allow the USA journalists to ask questions, according to a Reuters witness.

A federal judge in NY on Thursday pondered one of the most vexing dilemmas for any prolific Twitter user: why block a troll when the mute button could do?

Moreover, Baer noted that all but one of the plaintiffs has continued to engage the president's tweets despite being blocked by him. Buchwald was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

It's doubtful President Trump reads many, if any, tweets sent to him.

"Don't we have a solution that serves the interest of the plaintiffs, serves the interest of the President?" she said. "And I think that's not the way our government should act". Fallow said. "Blocking it is a state action and violates the First Amendment".

Buchwald urged both sides to accept her proposed resolution rather than continue to litigate.

It can not be the case that any personal medium of communication created or maintained by public officials in their personal capacity is subject to an all-or-nothing state action analysis when that person later becomes an officer of the state.

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