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A federal judge has ruled that when private citizen Donald Trump was elected President Donald Trump, he lost his power to block critics from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account.

The ruling by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that the President’s Twitter feed is the digital equivalent of public forum under government control — no different than an auditorium used for public hearings. Blocking individuals from Trump’s Twitter feed simply because he doesn’t like their opinions is the unconstitutional equivalent of barring entrance to a public meeting, the judge found. She noted in her ruling that the White House “[does] not contest Plaintiffs’ allegation that the Individual Plaintiffs were blocked from the President’s Twitter account because the Individual Plaintiffs posted tweets that criticized the President or his policies.”

Because the ruling is specific to a public official operating a social media account as a part of official business, it places…