Washington, United States.
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday dismissed a case on whether former US President Donald Trump could block users on Twitter, considering it “irrelevant” because the former president has already left power.
The Supreme Court shelved a case that started in 2017 and that it lost part of its meaning when Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account last January, after his followers stormed the Capitol, but that could have set precedents for how people in power can use social networks.
The highest court in the country did not consider Twitter’s decision to seize his account from Trump, although one of the conservative judges of the court was in favor of evaluating the concerns of the former president’s party about the power of that and other social media companies.
“Soon we will have no choice but to address the issue of how our legal doctrines apply to information infrastructures highly concentrated and privately owned, such as digital platforms, “wrote Justice Clarence Thomas.
The Supreme decision Monday was unanimous and ordered to declare null, as “irrelevant”, the ruling of a court of appeals based in New York, which had concluded in 2019 that Trump had no right to block users from his Twitter account.
The case began in July 2017, when the Instituto Knight for the First Amendment from Columbia University (New York) sued Trump on behalf of seven social network users whom the president had blocked.
The complainants argued that the president used his personal account (@realDonaldTrump) to spread official government information, so their messages had to be accessible to everyone.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals concluded in 2019 that Trump had violated by blocking those accounts the first amendment to the Us constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression, because he was a public official who used his networks for official purposes.