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Public Officials in the US Could Be Sued for Deleting Comments on Social Media Accounts, Supreme Court Says

The US Supreme Court has ruled that public officials could potentially be sued for blocking their critics on social media, a rising issue for the high court in a case involving former US President Donald Trump.

“The officials who utilize personal accounts to make their official statements might not be allowed to delete comments about the statements they post or to block critics.”

The court then added that, “State officials have private lives and their own constitutional rights.”

The court ruled in two cases which involved lawsuits filed by people who were blocked after dropping critical comments on social media accounts belonging to school board members in Southern California and a city manager in Port Huron, Michigan, northeast of Detroit. 

The case was similar to the one involving Trump and his rash decision to block critics from his personal accounts on X, formerly twitter.

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