This decision is bizarre and will doubtless have all sorts of hilarious consequences.
The court, while not going so far as to enter an order against the president and social media director Dan Scavino specifically, ruled more generally that public officials violated users’ rights when blocking them on the platform. The decision says such action is “viewpoint discrimination,” and that “no government official — including the President — is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared.”
First of all, I love that Twitter has now been declared a “public forum” and that viewpoint discrimination is no longer allowed. This opens the door for lawsuits from numerous right-wing voices such as Milo Yiannopolis and Ricky Vaughn who the platform has banned over the years. The second outstandingly good consequence is that I can resume bugging the shit out of my elected representatives knowing that they can’t block me.
I really have to wonder how far the idea of “viewpoint discrimination” can be taken. Does this mean that Trump has to accept my phone calls? Can I sit in on press conferences and ask questions like a journalist? Can Fox News sue a future Democratic president for refusing to appear on the network?
All that aside, yeah, Trump might as well just mute the trolls. He can’t use Twitter to make official statements and then block citizens from seeing it. As far as that goes, the ruling makes sense.
Just imagine trying to explain “President Trump not allowed to block users on Twitter since he uses the platform to issue official proclamations” to someone just thawed out of ice from 2006. That’s what’s truly bizarre.