If Pres. Trump can be sued over blocking users on Twitter, so can Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), do you agree?
On Tuesday in federal court, Former Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind filed a lawsuit against AOC, for blocking users on Twitter based on their viewpoints.
This follows a federal appeals court ruling earlier in the day barring President Trump from doing the same.
Hikind: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has blocked me on Twitter yesterday apparently because my critique of her tweets and policies have been too stinging,”
“Just today the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that elected officials cannot block individuals from their Twitter accounts, thereby setting a precedent that Ocasio-Cortez must follow. Twitter is a public space, and all should have access to the government officials on it.”
“It’s unclear if Ocasio-Cortez is aware of this ruling or not, but either way, I have decided, after speaking with my legal counsel, to initiate a lawsuit against her for blocking me and a host of other public figures. Ocasio-Cortez is acting cowardly and should be ashamed of her attempts to silence me. I’ve done nothing but address her ignorance and disregard for the truth. She constantly brags about the millions of followers she has but is afraid of my speech. She is a hypocrite.”
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 9, 2019
I think that the court is wrong on this issue, including the federal ruling decision for Pres. Trump.
In a way, it is right in that you can’t stifle an American citizen’s right to speak in a public forum; that I agree with. But in this specific case, blocking someone from replying to a twitter post is not synonymous. If you apply this principle to one citizen, then it must, by definition, apply to every citizen equally. Are you going to tell every citizen who has this kind of account that they can’t block someone from posting? The forum is still open to the blocked person to make a statement, just not on one specific account.
AOC may be a joke, but what she represents will be the downfall of America, which is the last hope of freedom in the entire world. The stakes are high, so do not discount what this thing’s (AOC) influence has over a large voting block. They know not what they are voting for as does AOC understand what she is advocating. Freedom lost is lost forever.
Twitter is not an official Government mouthpiece. It was stupid to rule that way against Trump. But now that they’ve opened that can of worms, it will have to apply to all elected officials. Perhaps judges will think twice in the future before making such ridiculous decisions.
The larger question I think is this sets up a troubling issue for big tech, So then does that mean Twitter (and by extension, Google, Apple, Facebook, etc.) is a publisher or a Service Provider? If a publisher, then Twitter is liable for what is on their platform, if a Service Provider, then they have to let anyone on the platform and Community Guidelines become useless and unenforceable, then the President is off the hook.
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