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AOC Facing Two Lawsuits After Blocking Critics On Twitter

July 10, 2019 - 7:02 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces two federal lawsuits for blocking people from following her Twitter account.

The lawsuits follow a federal court ruling this week that said President Donald Trump also could not block critics on Twitter as it was a violation of their First Amendment rights.

Former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind was recently blocked on twitter by the freshmen congresswoman and is one of the people who has filed a lawsuit against her for the action.

“Why is she afraid of people who have a different point of view,” he questioned.

Hikind has been an intense critic of Ocasio-Cortez’s comments comparing the migrant detention centers to concentration camps.

He’s filed a lawsuit to demand she unblock him on Twitter now that a federal appeals court is requiring President Trump to also keep his critics on Twitter unblocked.

Katie Fallow, a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute At Columbia University – the group that sued Trump for his blocking habits – says it’s an issue that applies across the aisle.

She notes elected officials from both parties block critics on Twitter all the time and the social media platform is becoming a “virtual town hall.”

“Just as in a traditional town hall, the government cannot kick someone out of there for being critical of their public officials,” Fallow said.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s office declined to comment on the lawsuits against her.