Trump’s team said on July 20 that the president did not intend to unblock those users. The Knight Institute lawsuit wants Trump to block all users across the board, unless there are good reasons to block them on an individualized basis.
“The continued blocking of defendants by defendants… violates their rights to the first amendment,” the lawsuit said on Friday. “It permanently restricts their rights to read or participate in discussions that appear on the public forum of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
The trial continued: “It also unconstitutionally restricts their right of access to statements that defendants otherwise make available to the general public and their right to ask the government to rectify complaints.”;
Trump was ordered to unblock Twitter users in a 2018 decision on the grounds that cutting off people from important policy notices about things they tweeted was a violation of their freedom of speech. In the challenge to the decision, the Department of Justice argued that Trump’s Twitter account was not owned by the government and could exclude anyone who liked his private account whose existence preceded his presidency.
“The official’s decision to exclude someone from his personal residence would not exercise governmental power, even if he issued official statements on the property that day,” the Justice Department said in an August court. “And what applies to real estate also applies to the social media account.”
The White House declined to comment on the trial. The Ministry of Justice did not respond immediately to a request for comments.