AOC lawsuits: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sued after Trump court ruling for blocking Twitter users

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.

Laura F. Nixon has been a journalist for newspapers, radio and online for a decade. She began her media career as an intern in the HeartFM newsroom while completing her journalism degree and later going on to report for several UK newspapers. Before joining Laura F. Nixon was a senior reporter at the Daily News where she covered crime, politics, indigenous affairs, travel, entertainment (and UFO story!).

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