The US Supreme Court on Monday tossed a lower court’s ruling over former President Donald Trump’s attempt to block critics from his now-suspended Twitter account, a decision in which Justice Clarence Thomas questioned the absolute power of social media companies to kick users off their platforms.
The court threw out a decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that Trump’s attempts to block critics violated the First Amendment, concluding that the former president’s permanent suspension from Twitter makes the issue moot.
But Thomas, in his opinion, wrote that while Trump had “limited control” of his 89 million followers, Twitter has total power.
“The disparity between Twitter’s control and Mr. Trump’s control is stark, to say the least. Mr. Trump blocked several people from interacting with his messages. Twitter barred Mr. Trump not only from interacting with a few users, but removed him from the entire platform, thus barring all Twitter users from interacting with his messages,”