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Trump Sued for Blocking Twitter Users

President Donald Trump and high ranking members of the White House staff were sued on Tuesday by the Knight First Amendment Institute, which alleges the president’s blocking of dissenting Twitter users violates the Constitution.

The case filed in Manhattan federal court seeks a court order that Trump stop the practice. The institute, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Columbia University, first warned it may seek an injunction in early June when they sent a letter to Trump, his counsel, press secretary, and social media director. At the time, the institute represented two Twitter users, both of whom said they were blocked after criticizing the president on the social media platform. Tuesday’s lawsuit represents seven such Twitter users.

In the complaint, the foundation argues that the president’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is “a public forum under the First Amendment” because of how both Trump and his staff use the account to communicate. Press secretary Sean Spicer has previously said Trump’s tweets are official statements.