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Why a judge says @realDonaldTrump can't block opponents

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There are a lot of things President Donald Trump can do on Twitter, but there's one thing a federal judge now says he can't: Block users with dissenting opinions.
  
A decision by a federal judge in New York on Wednesday is the most prominent in a string of similar cases against public officials. Experts say it could mark a turning point for constituents who interact with government employees on social media.
  
Experts say just because someone holds government office does not mean their social media accounts are public. But when an official chooses to make important announcements and conduct policy over social media, their profiles become public forums and are privy to First Amendment regulations.
  
Attorneys and advocates hope other government representatives will look to that decision to guide their social media practices.

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