Call me old-fashioned, but I just don't get the import society places on Twitter. Is it a useful tool for professionals to disseminate information and build their "brand?" Yes. Is it also a raging dumpster fire where angry mobs unite and misinformation is disseminated at warp-speed, thus contributing greatly to our cultural decay? Double-Yes.
Alas, Twitter has been deemed important enough for one First Amendment non-profit group at Columbia University to threaten to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump if he does not stop blocking people on Twitter.
Seriously, they have time for this. The Free Beacon reports:
The Knight First Amendment Institute claimed in a letter Tuesday that Trump's Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is a "designated public forum" that the government cannot ban individuals from for expressing contrary views. A press release from the Institute is asking that Trump unblock certain Twitter users who disagreed with him.
In a letter sent today to President Trump, the Knight First Amendment Institute asked the President to unblock the Twitter accounts of individuals denied access to his account after they criticized or disagreed with him, or face legal action to protect the First Amendment rights of the blocked individuals.
The Knight Institute's executive director Jameel Jaffer argued that Trump blocking Twitter users was unconstitutional.
"This is a context in which the Constitution precludes the President from making up his own rules," Jaffer said
Yes, yes, yes. I remember the part in the Constitution that addresses Twitter: Amendment I, section a2-3cpo, if I recall correctly. Those Founding Fathers really knew what they were doing.
Obviously Jaffer was not being literal, but we take umbrage with his entire argument. "Having opened this forum [Twitter] to all comers," Jaffer stated, "the President can’t exclude people from it merely because he dislikes what they’re saying."
Actually Trump can, and so, too, can any of us. One may be free to state certain things, but one is also free to not listen. The Beacon continues:
The Knight Institute is representing two verified accounts who were blocked by Trump for the following tweets:
We wish the Knight Institute would pay more attention to real assaults on our First Amendment -- likes the ones the Left is leveling against public speakers, school curriculum, and anything and anyone with which it disagrees.