DOJ to appeal ruling that prevents Trump from blocking Twitter accounts

DOJ to appeal ruling that prevents Trump from blocking Twitter accounts

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday that it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE can't block Twitter users, Reuters reported.

The director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which represented the seven people who sued Trump last year, told the news service that Trump's @realDonaldTrump account had unblocked them on Monday. 

“We’re pleased that the White House unblocked our clients from the President’s Twitter account but disappointed that the government intends to appeal the district court’s thoughtful and well-supported ruling,” Jameel Jaffer said in an email.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled against Trump last month, arguing that his Twitter account is a public forum.

She ruled that users' First Amendment rights to free speech are violated when they can't respond to the president on Twitter.

Trump blocks many of his critics from his Twitter account, which has more than 52 million followers.

Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage Senate should not move forward with the ill-considered nomination of Brett Kavanaugh MORE said last year that Trump’s tweets should be considered official statements.