Judge recommends Trump mute, not block dissenting Twitter users to resolve lawsuit

Judge recommends Trump mute, not block dissenting Twitter users to resolve lawsuit

A federal judge in New York has recommended 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 start muting critical users on Twitter instead of blocking them in order to resolve a lawsuit filed by Twitter users that Trump has blocked on the site.

Manhattan federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald heard arguments Thursday in the lawsuit filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven people who have been blocked by Trump on Twitter, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Buchwald then encouraged both parties to reach a settlement in the lawsuit, saying she could end up creating new precedent they might not agree with if they don’t do so.


She also suggested that Trump start muting users that criticize him, allowing them to still see his feed. He would be unable to see their tweets.

Buchwald said that she’ll rule on the lawsuit soon if the parties involved don’t reach a settlement.

The Knight First Amendment Institute, based out of Columbia University, filed the lawsuit against Trump in July on behalf of seven dissenting users who have been blocked by the president on the social media platform.

The center is arguing that Trump blocking users who criticize him “imposes an unconstitutional restriction on their participation in a designated public forum.”

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 has said that Trump’s tweets are official statements. Trump has frequently used his account to attack lawmakers and the media, among others, as well as announce new policies.