First Amendment Group Urges Ocasio-Cortez to Unblock Twitter Users

Epoch Times:

A first amendment advocacy group is asking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to unblock Twitter users who have differing political viewpoints from her, saying that blocking twitter users is “unconstitutional.”

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University say that part of their mission is to defend “the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education.”

The group sent Ocasio-Cortez a letter on Aug. 28 in which they said, “Based on the facts as we understand them, the @AOC account is a ‘public forum’ within the meaning of the First Amendment.”

“You use the account as an extension of your office to share information about congressional hearings, to explain policy proposals, to advocate legislation, and to solicit public comment about issues relating to government,” the letter stated. “The @AOC account is important to you as a legislator, to your constituents, and to others who seek to understand and influence your legislative decisions and priorities.”

Ocasio-Cortez has about 5.3 million followers on her @AOC Twitter account while her official congressional account, @RepAOC, has 188,000 followers.

In response to the request to unblock twitter users, Ocasio-Cortez sent a tweet that disagreed with The Knight First Amendment Institute:

“1. I have 5.2 million followers. Less than 20 accounts are blocked for ongoing harassment,” she wrote. “0 are my constituents. 2. Harassment is not a viewpoint. Some accounts, like the Daily Caller, posted fake nude photos of me & abused my comments to spread it. No one is entitled to abuse.”

Yesterday when Laura Ingraham of Fox News questioned Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter about the “less than 20” twitter accounts being blocked, Ocasio-Cortez, making another reference to The Knight First Amendment Institute’s letter, responded, “See? You’re a neo-Nazi fan favorite and I don’t block you for defending white supremacist viewpoints and mocking gun violence survivors.”

The First Amendment group did say that it is constitutional to block users when “speech is threatening.” There have been officials, however, that said they did not threaten the congresswoman but were blocked anyway.

Former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, sued Ocasio-Cortez in July for blocking him on her personal Twitter account. read more

4 Comments on First Amendment Group Urges Ocasio-Cortez to Unblock Twitter Users

  1. “Constitution? I am told this is a unconstitutional. I have never seen a Constitution, I never had one in any place I’ve ever lived, it is terrifying, I don’t know what to use it for or what it’s purpose is, I don’t know anything about it”

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  2. I thought a judge ruled that Trump could not block anybody. Why would a member of Congress be any different?

    Oh, Trump is Trump and he is a Republican. I understand.

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  3. Funny how simple life is for these Socialist/Communist “leaders”.
    For some reason no one ever discusses, argues or fights back….

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