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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 TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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. 

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“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 SpicerPsaki signals she's open to reviving 'Skype seats' amid pandemic Newsmax rescinds Spicer's White House Correspondents' Association application: report Sean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents' Association MORE said last year that Trump’s tweets should be considered official statements.