Twitter users blocked by Trump cry foul, demand reinstatement

The letter, from the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, was also sent to Press Secretary Sean Spicer, the White House counsel and Dan Scavino, who heads social media for Trump.

And Joe Papp (@JoePaBike) was blocked after posting this comment on a tweet of Trump's weekly address.

They cited the case of Holly O'Reilly, who tweets under the handle @aynrandpaulryan, who was blocked on May 28 after she posted a GIF captioned, "This is pretty much how the whole world sees you". Paulson said it was unclear whether the president's Twitter account, established before his election, was a public forum.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that lawyers for Twitter users who were blocked by Trump for criticizing or mocking him are seeking to have that designation reversed.

This letter comes only days after a confusing back and forth from Trump's advisers on whether or not Trump's tweets represent the White House.

It's about ensuring that as new platforms of communication are developed, and more and more politicians use social media as a primary way to communicate with constituents, we don't lose our ability to exercise our First Amendment rights.

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The group's letter focused on the @realDonaldTrump account, from which the President does most of his tweeting, but they pointed out that their argument applied to the official @POTUS account too.

The numbers rose when voters were asked about Trump's campaign advisers - 40% said they did something illegal in dealing with Russian Federation, and an 25% said they did something unethical but not illegal.

The users weren't told why they were blocked.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The blocked users also can not follow the president on Twitter, are "limited in their ability to view, find, search tweets" based on things he's said, the letter said.

The formal letter identifies the tweets that triggered Trump to block the two users.

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Twitter's blocking feature is meant to be used as "an effective way to handle unwanted interactions from accounts you do not want to engage with", according to the company. The rules change, however, when you're the president of the United States.

Although Democrats were most likely to express concerns about the president's tweeting and its potential impacts, some Republicans also appeared to have reservations about Trump's Twitter use.

Thirty-five percent of Trump voters said his use of Twitter was a bad thing, up 11 points from December, while 37 percent of Republicans said the same, up 8 points from late past year.

However, apart from praises and accusations there was nearly nothing of effect that the president tweeted about.

"There is zero good news for President Trump in this survey, just a continued slide into the chasm of doubt about his policies and his very fitness to serve", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of polling at Quinnipiac.

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