SCOTUS rules in favor of Trump blocking Twitter users, sends warning to social media companies

Over the course of former President Donald Trump’s time in the White House, his critics, from the everyday anti-Trump voter to those in the upper ranks of Congress, attempted to legally hamstring the former president on anything they could, including his social media activity.

According to the Washington Examiner — as Trump usually manages to do in those situations — the 45th president scored a huge U.S. Supreme Court win as a group of Twitter users who sued Trump because he blocked them from his Twitter account, were shot down in the form of their case being tossed out as moot. 

You might remember that early on in Trump’s presidency, controversy erupted when Trump, a prolific Twitter user, blocked a number of people who spent most of their day “trolling” the president on the social media platform.

The argument presented by the plaintiffs at the time was one in which they claimed that because Trump was the president, all of his tweets were “official statements,” and that by being blocked from viewing those statements, they felt that their First Amendment rights were being violated.

New York Judge Naomi Buchwald originally ruled in 2018 that Trump was not allowed to block accounts in a case known as Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump. 

Another group sued the former president for the same reason last year and the president decided to appeal the case in the Supreme Court, which ended up being a wise decision as on Monday, the high court tossed the case in short order.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that tossing the case was the right move, but in an interesting development, he added his concerns over the extreme amount of power that such a small group of social media platforms wields in modern politics, suggesting that their power could soon be checked in the high court.

“Also unprecedented, however, is the concentrated control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties. We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms,” Justice Thomas wrote.

Given how poorly Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms have treated users who happen to believe in a different political ideology, it’s refreshing to find out that those platforms could soon be open to SCOTUS-level pressure if they continue their questionable actions of censorship and banning of users based on their political leanings.