NEW YORK (AP) — First Amendment advocates are suing President Donald Trump, saying some of his critics have been unconstitutionally blocked from following him on Twitter.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.READ MORE: Update: One Killed, Two Injured When Truck Crashes Into Diners at San Jose Sports Bar
The lawsuit says Twitter has become an important public forum for the president and he frequently makes public announcements there.
The lawsuit asked a judge to stop Trump and his media team from blocking critics from following him.READ MORE: COVID: San Francisco Restaurants Prepare For Full Reopening; 'We Will Not Be The Vaccine Police'
A spokeswoman for government lawyers declined to comment.
The lawsuit says blocking people from following Trump’s account was a viewpoint-based restriction that the Constitution doesn’t permit.MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Olds Wounded In Windsor Shooting Near Michael Hill Park
The director of the Knight First Amendment Institute is Jameel Jaffer, who worked for years with the American Civil Liberties Union.