Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a lower court’s ruling that then-President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked followers from his Twitter account.
The Supreme Court dismissed the case because Trump is no longer president, so there is no longer a direct case or controversy.
Trump set up his Twitter account in 2009 and during his presidency in May and June 2017, he blocked seven people who expressed dissatisfaction with him.
Lawyers for Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute have filed lawsuits on behalf of individuals, arguing that Trump’s action violates their First Amendment rights.
In court documents, they said, the president’s account @realDonaldTrump “acts as the official source of news and information about the government and as a forum for the president’s speech before and after.”
A district court ruled that the then president’s action to bar supporters violated individuals’ first-amendment rights by excluding them from a public forum based on their opinions, which was later upheld by the Court of Appeals.
Arguing that Trump’s account was private, he asked the Supreme Court to take up the case with then-Attorney General Jeff Wall, although it was sometimes handled by his adviser, Don Scavino.
By ignoring the important difference between official and official statements [a veces] His personal decision to block respondents from the president and his own account on Twitter, despite the repeated and recent advice from the president on the “tail, lower court opinion”, blurs the line between government action and private conduct. Using the First Amendment. “
But even after the election, after Twitter blocked Trump from the podium for violating policies related to the US Capitol uprising, Wall dismissed the case and demanded that the lower court dismiss the case.