Why a federal judge is offering Twitter advice to Trump

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U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald suggested a settlement as the preferred outcome after hearing lawyers argue whether it's constitutional for Trump to block some followers.

Moreover, Baer noted that all but one of the plaintiffs has continued to engage the president's tweets despite being blocked by him.

The suit was filed past year by the Knight First Amendment Institute along with seven individuals who have been blocked by Trump on Twitter.

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Buchwald appeared skeptical of that argument, noting that the Twitter blocks can affect users beyond just those who are blocked.

Seven people from around the country - including a comedian, a professor, a policeman and a singer - joined together in a lawsuit after Trump blocked them from seeing and commenting on his tweets. Both sides' lawyers said they were receptive to the idea.

Michael Baer, a Justice Department lawyer defending Trump's control over his account, compared the blocking to a politician, during a political convention, being free to walk away from a protestor rather than being forced to listen to them. "I don't think it's a flawless solution, but it's far less restrictive", Fallow said. The muted user will still be able to favorite, reply to and retweet your Tweets; you just won't see any of that activity in your timeline.

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"It might be better to resolve it in a practical fashion", she said.

Both lawyers agreed to consider her suggestion. ". He can avoid hearing them simply by muting them". Buchwald said that if a government official were to turn off the microphone at such an event in order to suppress unfavorable perspectives, that would understandably raise First Amendment questions. "Once it's a public forum, you can't shut somebody up because you don't like what they're saying", she said.

Blocked users are still capable of reading the president's tweets by logging out of their accounts, and could link to or screencap his tweets to criticize them. This has barred these users from interacting with the President's @realdonaldtrump account. They each showed us the tweets they sent that after which they noticed they could no longer see nor comment on the president's tweets, which he often uses to make major announcements. "This is an official account and it is being used as a forum for speech". After the three plaintiffs in attendance addressed reporters, Fallow herself was asked about Buchwald's suggestion. "And I think that's not the way our government should act". "That is much less restrictive and burdensome on the plaintiffs' speech rights".

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