The Trump team told the Knight Institute on July 20 that the president had no intention of unblocking those users, according to the lawsuit. The Knight Institute lawsuit wants Trump to obstruct the unblocking of all users, unless there are justifiable reasons to keep them individually blocked.
“The continued blockade of the defendants by the individual plaintiffs … violates their First Amendment rights,” the lawsuit said Friday. “Unconstitutionally restricts your rights to read or participate in the discussion that takes place in the public forum of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
The lawsuit continued: “It also unconstitutionally restricts their right to access statements that defendants otherwise make available to the general public and their right to seek redress from the government for grievances.”;
Trump was ordered to unblock Twitter users in the 2018 decision, as the fact that people cut off important policy announcements for the things they tweeted was a violation of their free speech. In responding to the decision, the Justice Department argued that Trump’s Twitter account is not owned by the government and that he is free to exclude what he liked from his private account, the existence of which precedes his presidency.
“The decision of an officer to exclude someone from his personal residence would not exercise government authority, even if he gave official statements about that property that day,” the Justice Department argued in a court file of the month. of August. “And what’s true for real estate is also true for a social media account.”
The White House declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.