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Court: Trump can't block users on Twitter

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by rivergator, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    Trump's Twitter blocking violates Constitution, appeals court rules - CNNPolitics
     
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  2. surfn1080

    surfn1080 GC Legend

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    Does this apply to AOC who blocks people all the time??
     
  3. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    No, it applies to Trump because that's who the lawsuit was about.
    But two Republicans announced today that they've filed suit against Ocasio-Cortez this week because she had blocked them. She's such a meanie.
     
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  4. orangeblue_coop

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    No running away from insults and criticism, Donnie boy.
     
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  5. Rocinante

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    It will, as long as they represent the people those accounts aren’t owned or controlled by them and are effectively extensions of the government.
     
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  6. surfn1080

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    Lol she blocks people because she can’t handle criticism or truth.

    And if the same doesn’t apply to her, apparently that would mean laws only apply to certain people? River, I know you are smarter then that.
     
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  7. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

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    You have to go thru a process. The court's ruling was about Trump. That doesn't just automatically mean that no one is allowed to block anyone from Twitter. It applies to Trump.
    Why do you think the two Republicans filed suit today?
    Now, the court that considers that case can well use the Trump ruling as guidance.
     
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  8. g8trjax

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    So twitter, which is it, public or private?
     
  9. OklahomaGator

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    If AOC says it is her official twitter account, she will not be able to block them either.
     
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  10. AzCatFan

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    If AOC only posts her opinions and nothing official, then her personal Twitter account is exactly that. If she does any official announcements or official business on her account, then her account is public like Trump, who uses his Twitter account as the official POTUS account.
     
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  11. gator_lawyer

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    Have you ever been on Twitter? Odds are that she's blocking people because they're being racist, misogynistic, creepy, threatening, or just nasty. Now, the same is likely true for Trump (blocking people for nastiness). The First Amendment is the First Amendment.
     
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  12. G8trGr8t

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    it should but it may require another judgement
     
  13. citygator

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    Seems like twitter needs a new restriction that allows you to read but not reply maybe? I don’t think you should be subject to personal attacks on social media without a recourse. Tough one here.
     
  14. PerSeGator

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    The First Amendment protects speech, though, not just listening. If the account is used to conduct official business, you can either allow comments or not allow comments. If you do allow comments, you can't discriminate based on the viewpoint of those comments.

    Reasonable restrictions on the manner of commenting would be permissible -- e.g., no obscenities. But blanket restrictions on particular people commenting would not be. Likewise, restrictions against "personal attacks" are likely to run afoul of the FA if you simultaneously allow "personal compliments." So for instance, if AOC or Trump allow people to comment that they are "so super smart" they can't prohibit other people from saying that they are "so super dumb." On the other hand, if you enforce an across-the-board requirement that comments stick to the subject at hand, you would be in a better position from an FA perspective.

    It's all about balance. A government actor can't just take the good without the bad.
     
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  15. gator_lawyer

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    LOL. @G8trGr8t did you give me a "c'mon man" for agreeing that AOC likely can't block people either?
     
  16. duchen

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    Twitter is a Private forum and privately owned. The official POTUS Twitter account is public. Especially since policy is announced on the account.
     
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  17. Spurffelbow833

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    I'd be genuinely surprised if she understands that.
     
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  18. G8trGr8t

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    for trying to find reasons justifying her blocking people
     
  19. gator_lawyer

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    It isn't difficult to understand why people get blocked on Twitter. Go on there. Simple criticism likely isn't going to get you blocked by Trump or AOC. You'll quickly see the comments that get people blocked.
     
  20. g8trjax

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    So twitter can never ban trump because he's a public figure announcing policy?