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Ruling against Trump blocking his Twitter critics is bad news for local politicians too

A new court decision ruling President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking Twitter critics is a big win, civil liberties experts say — and not just for the president’s blocked detractors.

It’s a victory for every aggrieved taxpayer hoping to tweet criticism at their public officials, and every local resident ready to communicate their discontent about a school system budget or a municipal ordinance on a politician’s Facebook page, they said.

On Tuesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court decision, which said the commander-in-chief with almost 62 million followers breached the free speech rights of certain critics when he blocked them on the social media platform.

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