The Supreme Court tossed out the case of Donald Trump’s Twitter account, according to NBC News.
The Justice Department stated that Since Trump is no longer president the case is a dead letter.
The case came to be after at least seven people replied to tweets regarding PResident Trump’s now-banned Twitter account.
Trump’s response was simple, he blocked all of them.
These tweeters won in lower courts and claimed that blocking individual respondents based on their viewpoints violated the First Amendment.
The 2nd circuit stated that the Trump account was essentially a public forum but often shared official matters with contributions from White House staff members.
The Trump Justice Department implored the Supreme Court to reconsider those rulings.
The president’s tweets were sometimes official statements.
However his decision to block individual responses was personal and allowed is by any Twitter user, government lawyers contended.
Only hours before Joe Biden was sworn in, the Justice Department asked the court to dismiss the case as moot and to vacate the lower court rulings, as well.
Katie Fallow advocates on behalf of First Amendment issues and represented the Twitter users who Trump blocked.
Fallow requested that the justices leave the lower court rulings intact.
“There is now widespread recognition that the principles we established, in this case, are important to protecting the vitality of public forums that are increasingly important to our democracy,” she said.
Justice Clarence Thomas said he agreed and dismissed the case as moot.
Thomas said, “To say that something is a government forum when a private company has unrestricted authority to do away with it.”
From NBC News:
In January, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence” after a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from formally recognizing Biden’s election victory. Five people died.