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.

 
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  11. Thank you, Judge Thomas. You showed wisdom as Judge Scalia had. Roberts is more liberal than conservative. judge Thomas is the senior Judge, as Solomon

  12. Thank you, Judge Thomas! I have very little faith in Judge Roberts! Glad President Trump was finally given a win!

  13. Frankly, I don’t give a damn what twitter and facebook do…I got rid of facebook years ago, and I deleted my twitter account when they banned President Trump. All they do is take your time away from the people you love. I have gotten so much done around the house, since I got rid of them. I was wasting all of my time sitting at the keyboard…not any more.

  14. GOD will give us what we need and SOME TIMES WE GET A FEW things we dont need ,but its the left wing democrats communist party we need to keep a hand on you know the way the communist does thing,s commit the crime and blames on TRUMP but trumps not here because face book has blocked him out (you know Trump was and still is the best man for the job He surley was the man that gave us our country back (so now we need the senate and the house in 2022AC to get part of our country back !!!?

  15. Get off your butt, Congress, & take a sledge hammer to the techies! This is way worse than anything Rockefeller ever did, freedom to think & speak must NOT be compromised!

  16. It amazes me how people can become addicted to things like cell phones, Twitter,Facebook,etc so easily. People lived without those kind of things for tens of thousands of years and now all of sudden they believe those things are a necessity of life like food , water or oxygen to sustain life. There are other ways to communicate with one another people. Those things are not necessary. Get rid of Twitter and Facebook and they will change there way of conducting their business real fast if enough people do this. You won’t die if you do this. You will still survive. What did you do before a Twitter and Facebook?

  17. Time to block facistbook and the twit. Coke products stink. Mlb can go with all the rest of the sports teams. Since these guys can censor they can be elavated to a new platform to where what is posted is on them they can be held in account for. Maybe a couple more people waking up and leaving these entrapments of your life. More hacks on the way for you too… hacks or info sold to highest bidder……..

  18. So glad to see this decision – honestly the big corporations act as if they own the world – believe what I believe or you are off the internet – SHAME ON THEM!!!!

  19. Keep on wh the good work ..don’t ever shot your opinion and the opinion of 75 million American.. God bless your Main st Gazette

    1. IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER IF THEY WOULD HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE STATES THAT BROUGHT THEIR FRAUD CASES BEFORE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO OUR REAL PRESIDENT WOULD STILL BE IN THE W/H!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. FINALLY !!!!!! The SCOTUS has finally given a popular ruling. There is a God and hope for the future !

    1. I feel the whole Biden Administration should be impeached, especially madam speaker Palosi they all should be in jail, and where is the Durham, Barr report on all this curruption. What about the Biden family curruption.

    1. Sturgis……YES..you are so right. The libs actions remind me of a sister I had that when she got spanked….she would stand up in my mothers face and say….”you didn’t do nothing…” She kept getting into my mothers face and yet she would get another spanking. Liberals have shown already that they not understand court rulings, or sanctions, or anything like this, and they lead and govern…”willy-nilly”…and make it up as they go. In short…..Democrats and liberals do not have the needed IQ or leadership skills in which to lead our beloved nation in a good way.

        1. Life would be so much simpler if anyone on the left had a brain, instead of calling everyone that disagrees with them rasist when leftist thinkers make Hitler look like a saint

  21. Thank God that this right to free speech has been won, over the social media giants who want to control it.

      1. The problem for Conservatives and Originalists, if John Roberts were to retire from SCOTUS at this time, is that Biden/Harris would never promote Clarence Thomas to be the Chief Justice. Instead, they would either promote Elena Kagen or Sonia Sotomayor ; or they would appoint an entirely new liberal/leftist member to SCOTUS as the Chief Justice, immediately.

      2. To say NOTHING about a possible/probable OBAMA SCOTAS…should Biden have anything to do in the next years…pressure MUST be welled by the sensible voter with their Congress members…we need – MUST hold our Congressional representatives accountable to US, the CITIZENS!!!

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