RantCrush Top 5: July 12, 2017
Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:
A group of Twitter users that President Donald Trump has blocked on the social media platform has filed a lawsuit against the president, saying that his Twitter account is like a digital town hall and should be available to everyone. According to the tweeters, who are represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, by blocking them from expressing their feedback, Trump is violating their First Amendment rights.
However, legal experts are debating how to interpret the law. Some said that Trump’s Twitter account is personal, not official, and that all Twitter users have the option to block people. The information is still visible for anyone to see, if a blocked user logs in with a different account or sees the tweet somewhere else, like in an online article. The only thing that a “block” prevents is replies from the individual’s personal account. But supporters of the lawsuit argue that Trump also makes important announcements on Twitter, and his tweets are constantly referred to in the news, so they should be available for everyone.
— Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 12, 2017