On Wednesday, a political provocateur sued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for barring him on Twitter after he heckled her outside the United States Capitol. In a video uploaded online, comedian Alex Stein called the New York Democrat his “favorite big booty Latina,” and that he loved her as she entered the office on July 13. Stein’s complaint references a federal appeals court judgment that found then-President Donald Trump violated many people’s constitutional rights by barring them from following him on Twitter. In 2021, the United States Supreme Court overturned a finding by the 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals that Trump had violated the First Amendment. If the congresswoman battles the lawsuit, it will reignite the legal debate over political representatives’ ability to prohibit particular persons or organizations from following them on social media networks.
The Supreme Court’s decision meant that the 2nd Circuit’s decision could no longer be used as a precedent in future instances involving elected officials banning Twitter followers. Alex Stein’s case is distinct from those involving Trump and Ocasio-Cortez since his block was given in response to remarks he made in person rather than on an online account. Stein’s lawyer, Jonathan Gross, claims that the New York congresswoman does not have the legal authority to ban him on Twitter. Stein has a fundamental right to access Ms. Cortez’s Twitter account as part of spirited public discourse and criticism.
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