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Supreme Court Vacates Rulling on Trump’s Twitter Removal

The power of privately owned information digital platforms is brought to attention following the lawsuit against Donald Trump's activity on social media platforms, Twitter specifically.

The power of privately owned information digital platforms is brought to attention following the lawsuit against Donald Trump’s activity on social media platforms, Twitter specifically.

There was an uproar among U.S. citizens about the fact that Donald Trump blocked his critics on Twitter. 

They insisted that as a president of a nation, blocking Twitter users when they voice out their personal opinions was utterly unacceptable. Whether positive or negative, every citizen has the right to state their views without being cut off. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed a lawsuit against Trump. 

They stated that the goal was to derive a ruling from the court to impede Trump from banning Twitter users. The Knight Institute’s executive director, Jameel Jaffer, stated that the primary purpose of the lawsuit was to reiterate the authority of democracy.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York stated the case had a significant effect on the First Amendment rules, which govern the interaction between public office holders and their subjects on social media platforms.

The US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York maintained that because Trump was in a public office, Twitter was a communication platform between him and the citizens.

The Court of Appeals ruled that the president could not block critics on his social media accounts. After Trump lost reelection, there was a lot of violence that many people asserted to be caused by Trump’s usage of the Twitter platform.

Trump made many tweets that encouraged his supporters to stage a protest for lawmakers to reverse Trump’s election defeat which led to a series of deaths in the U.S. Capitol. Citizens were enraged, and there was a lot of attention and pressure on Twitter’s CEO and staff members. 

Although he was banned and a lot of his tweets deleted, there was a demand for complete removal from the social media platform.

Donald Trump’s Twitter account was suspended on the 8th of January, 2021, two days after the U.S. Capitol bloody protest.

According to Twitter, his account was suspended to prevent the risk of further incitement of violence. Other social media platforms banned him as well. 

The Justice Department had asked the Supreme Court to reverse the rulings. The reason being that although Trump was a public office holder and he used the Twitter platform for official statements and communication with the citizens, blocking critics were for personal reasons.

Furthermore, according to the department, it is allowed on the Twitter platform to block tweets offensive to one’s person, which is included in the terms and conditions of the social media platform.

In addition, the department pointed out that once the new president was inaugurated, the case was not going to hold water because Trump was sued only with his previous political position.

According to Jameel Jaffer, the Supreme Court should have left the appeal ruling as it was. He also mentioned that even with the new development of the Supreme Court, the lawsuit’s objective was to remind political figures of the rights of citizens.


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