First change group asks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to unblock critics on Twitter

The Knight First Amendment Institute, which has led a legal battle against Trump for blocking critics on Twitter, officially Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez requested (D-NY) to stop similar practices. The institute sent a letter to the Ocasio-Cortez office late yesterday and urged her to block anyone who was targeted because of the views they had put forward, while acknowledging that some blocks & # 39; both reasonable and constitutional can be legitimate & # 39 ;.


Several US courts have ruled that government social media accounts can be constitutionally protected public spaces, including President Donald Trump's Twitter account, who was indicted by the Knight Institute for blocking accounts for political reasons in 2017. The Second Court by profession confirmed this decision last month.

Three people in a few days Ocasio-Cortez complained for blocking them: former New York assembler Dov Hikind, congress candidate Staten Island Joseph Saladino, and self-described "Jewish journalist" Harry Cherry. Saladino called his lawsuit a & # 39; social experiment & # 39; to see if courts would apply the same legal norms to a conservative president and a liberal congresswoman.

Ocasio-Cortez has responded to Hikind's complaint by denying that he was blocked from expressing opinions and denying using her popular @AOC Twitter account as a public forum. The Ridder Institute disputed the claim. "You use the account as an extension of your office – to share information about congress hearings, to explain policy proposals, to advocate legislation and to request public comments on government-related issues," the letter reads.

But the institute says that some tweets, such as threats, would not be a protected political reason. Ocasio-Cortez is also confronted with a high level of racist and sexist abuse on social media, and the institute recognizes that dealing with intimidation can paradoxically deter people from participating in the democratic process. Legal scientists noted that last month's ruling raised complicated questions about dealing with intimidation, especially in locations outside of Twitter where moderation means that responses are deleted and not only users are blocked.

That is why the Ridder Institute has suggested working with Ocasio-Cortez to develop a social media policy that "both complies with the First Amendment and helps you to tackle threats, abuse and harassment." expressed concern with her blocking tactics, but now she addresses the congresswoman directly and draws attention to an ongoing legal battle.