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.

More news: Trump is considering rolling back Obama's new policies with Cuba

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.

More news: Handwashing: Cool water as effective as hot for removing germs Featured

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.

More news: Major league notebook: Strickland suspended for 6 games, Harper 4


Popular
  • Siri speaker, iOS 11 likely to be unveiled

    Siri is in third place behind Google Home and Amazon's Alexa when it come to offering intuitive, natural digital assistant. Siri was introduced as a feature in the iPhone 4S in 2011, three years before Amazon came out with Alexa and the Echo.

    Van ploughs into pedestrians on London Bridge

    Husband and wife Ben and Natalie told BBC Radio 5 Live they were outside Borough Market when they witnessed the incident there. She said it was a fast-moving investigation and her thoughts were with "those who are caught up in these awful events".

    Ex-Penn State administrators get jail time

    Prosecutors are seeking jail time for Spanier, 68, with sentencing guidelines calling for up to a year in prison. He was dismissed as coach days after Sandusky was charged and died of cancer in 2012 at age 85.
  • Virtual reality support officially coming to MacBooks and MacOS

    Virtual reality support officially coming to MacBooks and MacOS

    High Sierra will be out this fall for free, and it allows the iMac to be a "great platform for virtual reality content creation". The browser also comes with a security tool called intelligent tracking prevention , which protects your privacy.
    Crosby has no time for Subban's games in Stanley Cup Final

    Crosby has no time for Subban's games in Stanley Cup Final

    If they see plays that they think are there to be made, then they're going to try to make them. Following a Game 3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins , Nashville Predators defenseman P.K.

    Nadal races into fourth round

    Muguruza has endured a hard 2017 and again found herself in trouble after falling a set and a break behind against the Estonian. Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza both play Friday in the third round of the French Open .
  • Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't know her stuff with Putin

    Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't know her stuff with Putin

    Putin's comments to Stone echo comments he has made over 17 years in power, including a speech at an global economic forum in St. Petersburg last week in which he portrayed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a foreign-policy tool exploited by Washington.

    Trump tweets thanks to US service members

    Trump concluded by thanking the "unknown soldiers". "They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old", the secretary read.
    UN Security Council Rips North Korea Missile Test, Threatens New Sanctions

    UN Security Council Rips North Korea Missile Test, Threatens New Sanctions

    Kim's ambassador to China said in Beijing on Monday it would continue such test launches "any time , any place". In all, six sets of sanctions have been imposed on North Korea since it first tested an atomic device in 2006.
  • Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91

    Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91

    The Golden State Warriors are averaging 117.9 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Part of the problem is Cleveland also has to defend against Golden State's superlative long-range, three-point shooters as well.

    China's Li appeals to Germany for help with certifying C919 jet

    Mr Li said he believed the two had found a solution on the issue of Chinese quotas for electric cars after a lengthy discussion. Merkel and Li met hours ahead of Trump's decision on whether to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord.

    Oil inches up in quiet holiday trade, focus on crude glut

    Brent for July settlement was at $52.05 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange, down 10 cents. Trading was subdued due to public holidays in China , the United States and Britain.

CONNECT