United States Supreme Court decides that public officials who block their critics on social networks can be sued

United States Supreme Court decides that public officials who block their critics on social networks can be sued

Washington— He United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday that You can sometimes sue public officials who block their detractors on social networks, an issue that arose as a result of a case in which the then president was involved donald trump.

The judge Amy Coney Barrett wrote on behalf of the court that Officials who use personal accounts to make official statements are not free to delete comments on those statements or block their critics.

On the other hand, Barrett wrote, “state officials have private lives and constitutional rights of their own.”

The court ruled in two cases involving lawsuits brought by people who were blocked after they made critical comments on social media accounts belonging to school board members in Southern California and a city official in Port Huron, Michigan, northeast of Detroit. They are similar to a case involving Trump and his decision to block his detractors from his personal Twitter account, now X. The judges dismissed the case after Trump ended his term as president in January 2021.

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