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Trump appeals court ruling he can’t block Twitter critics

The US Department of Justice says it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling last month that US President Donald Trump cannot legally block Twitter users who disagree with him.

The appeal notice, filed yesterday before the US appellate court in New York, refers to the May 23 ruling by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald. She ruled that the blocking of Trump critics violated the free speech rights of those users guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment.

The president’s @realDonaldTrump account has more than 52 million followers and is his favorite public communication tool in the face of what he calls “fake news” media, which publish investigative articles about him and his administration.

— AFP

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