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Trump Being Sued for Blocking Users on Twitter

President Donald Trump is being sued by the Knight First Amendment Institute for blocking users from his personal account on Twitter.

The Institute filed a case on Tuesday in a New York City federal court, where the group said that seven Twitter users claimed to have been blocked by the president.

The Institute, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Columbia University, asked the court to rule the president’s “viewpoint-based blocking” unconstitutional, requested that the president “unblock” the plaintiffs on Twitter and pay their legal fees.

“President Trump’s Twitter account has become an important source of news and information about the government, and an important forum for speech by, to, or about the president,” Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, told Bloomberg Politics.

“The First Amendment applies to this digital forum in the same way it applies to town halls and open school board meetings. The White House acts unlawfully when it excludes people from this forum simply because they’ve disagreed with the president,” Jaffer said.

The plaintiffs claim they were blocked by the president on Twitter for offering opposing viewpoints and opinions based on what Trump tweeted.

Nick Pappas, one of the plaintiffs, said the president blocked him after he replied to a tweet from Trump concerning the travel ban executive order.

“Trump is right. The government should protect the people. That’s why the courts are protecting us from him,” Pappas said he tweeted to Trump.

Eugene Gu, another plaintiff, said he was blocked after he replied to the president’s tweet concerning the mysterious “covfefe.”

“Covfefe: the same guy who doesn’t proofread his Twitter handles the nuclear button,” Gu said he tweeted to the president.

All seven plaintiffs said the president blocked them for voicing opinions that differed from his own.

By blocking users from having access to the president’s tweets, the complaint stated, Trump “imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their right to access statements that defendants are otherwise making available to the public at large. It also imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their right to petition the government for redress of grievances.”