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Jan 20, 2020

Twitter’s top lawyer is final word on blocking tweets-even Donald Trump’s

Whenever somebody on Twitter takes issue with the network’s rules or content policies, they almost always resort to the same strategy: They send a tweet to @jack. A quick scan of Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey’s mentions show just how often he’s called upon to lay down the law for the service he helped create. […]

Jul 10, 2019

Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter, federal appeals court rules

President Donald Trump cannot block his critics from the Twitter feed he regularly uses to communicate with the public, a federal appeals court said Tuesday, in a case with implications for how elected officials nationwide interact with constituents on social media. The decision from the New York-based appeals court upholds an earlier ruling that Trump […]

Feb 7, 2019

Trump’s tweets could be used against him in court if he declares a national emergency

For weeks, President Donald Trump has toyed with the idea of invoking emergency authority to build the southern border wall. Despite Senate Republicans’ warnings against an emergency declaration, once again, Trump made a case for one during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, calling the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border “an urgent national crisis.” In […]

Jun 5, 2018

Trump appealing ruling that bars blocking of Twitter critics

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter. Government lawyers representing Trump and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino filed paperwork Monday to appeal a federal judge’s ruling last month that said blocking people from the @realDonaldTrump account violates the First […]

May 30, 2018

NY comptroller: Social media must curb harassment, fake news

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top financial official is warning Facebook, Google and Twitter that they must do more to protect users from fake news, sexual harassment and abuse on their social media platforms. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called on the companies to publicly report on what steps they’re taking to address the problems. […]

Feb 19, 2018

Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying Russia probe over the weekend, accusing Democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and attacking the FBI as well as his own national security adviser. In a defiant and error-laden tweetstorm that was remarkable […]

Nov 6, 2017

Lawsuit lawyers: Trump tweets ‘an instrument of governance’

NEW YORK (AP) — First Amendment advocates challenging President Donald Trump for blocking some critics from following him on Twitter say his tweets are “an instrument of governance.” The lawyers asked a judge in papers filed in Manhattan federal court late Friday to rule in their favor and stop the president and his media team […]

Nov 2, 2017

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber […]

Oct 16, 2017

Trump’s lawyers: Courts have no say over his Twitter feed

President Donald Trump can block his critics from following him on Twitter without violating the First Amendment despite a lawsuit’s claims that it violates the Constitution to do so, government lawyers say. Trial attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington submitted papers late Friday to a New York federal judge, saying a lawsuit […]

Sep 29, 2017

Senator slams Twitter over suspected accounts tied to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media giant Twitter told congressional investigators it has suspended at least two dozen accounts that may have been tied to Russia, but the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee was anything but satisfied. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Twitter’s explanations of its actions against Russia-linked accounts were “deeply disappointing,” and [&h[...]

Jul 11, 2017

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 suit filed in Manhattan federal court seeks a court order that Trump stop the practice. The institute, a nonprofit organization […]

Jun 7, 2017

Twitter users, blocked by Trump, cry censorship

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump may be the nation’s tweeter-in-chief, but some Twitter users say he’s violating the First Amendment by blocking people from his feed after they posted scornful comments. Lawyers for two Twitter users sent the White House a letter Tuesday demanding they be un-blocked from the Republican president’s @realDonaldTrump account. […]

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