On July 20, Trump’s team told the Knight Institute that the president did not intend to unblock those users, according to the lawsuit. The Knights Institute’s lawsuit wants Trump to close the unblocking of all users unless there is good reason not to block them on an individual basis.
“Defendants continue to block individual plaintiffs … violating their first amendment rights,” the lawsuit said Friday. “This unconstitutionally restricts their right to read or participate in the discussion taking place on the public forum of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
The lawsuit continued: “It also unconstitutionally restricts their right to access statements that the defendants otherwise make available to the general public, as well as their right to petition the government for damages.”;
Trump was ordered to unblock Twitter users in the 2018 decision on the grounds that removing people from important policy announcements about the things they tweeted was a violation of their freedom of speech. In appealing the decision, the Justice Department claimed that Trump’s Twitter account did not belong to the government, and he could exclude someone he liked from his private account, which existed before his presidency.
“The official’s decision to expel someone from his or her place of residence would not lead to the government’s authority, even if it made official statements about the property on that day,” the justice ministry said in a lawsuit in August. “And as for real estate, the same goes for social media accounts.”
The White House declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.