On Monday, a case challenging former President Donald Trump for blocking people on Twitter has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The dismissed case is one of the last Trump-era lawsuits after the president left office. Earlier this year the court declined a case alleging that Trump had violated the obscure emoluments clause of the Constitution through his dealing at the Washington, D.C., Trump Hotel.
In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that given the fact that Trump is no longer in office and banned from Twitter, the decision to drop the case was made by the court. He also added, the case raised important questions about the control of free speech on digital platforms.
“Today’s digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech, including speech by government actors,” Thomas wrote. “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.
The Knight First Amendment vs. Trump case began in 2017 when several Twitter users leveled a lawsuit, claiming the President shouldn’t have been allowed to block them on Twitter.
They argued that even though Trump tweeted from his personal account, his status as President made it a public forum.
And in 2018, a New York judge ruled Trump’s blocking was unconstitutional. Maybe that’s why the plaintiffs thought they could get the Supreme Court to agree, too.
But it didn’t turn out that way. Via Washington Examiner:
After trump left the office, the responsibility for the case was taken after the Biden administration. Biden’s Justice Department in January asked the court to throw the case out, arguing that since Trump is no longer president, the case is moot.
Trump was banned from Twitter earlier this year, following a Jan. 6 riot inside the Capitol. That ban, which for a time appeared temporary, became permanent in early January.
The issue of free speech and censorship rages on in the social media world, and Trump fought it from the instant he earned the White House.
According to the Democrats Trump’s actions and behavior were “un-presidential,” and the social media bigwigs tended to agree.
All this issue now is in the past,
As this case is done and finished, Donald Trump is clear of any wrongdoing when it comes to blocking users on Twitter.