The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University made waves last month when it threatened a First Amendment lawsuit on behalf of users blocked by @realDonaldTrump after criticizing him on Twitter, the U.S. president’s well-used, most-followed Twitter account (more than 33 million followers; official @POTUS has 19 million). In a letter addressed directly to President Donald J. Trump in early June, Institute director Jameel Jaffer and attorneys Katie Fallow and Alex Abdo had argued that blocking users who criticized or mocked Trump from accessing and engaging with his Twitter is actually unconstitutional, because @realDonaldTrump is used in such a way that it counts as a public forum under the First Amendment. Today, the Institute followed through, filing a suit in the Southern District of New York. (The official complaint is here; in addition to Trump, beleaguered press secretary Sean Spicer and White House social media director Dan Scavino
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The security of the White House’s social media accounts became a topic of conversation on Thursday. First, on consecutive days, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted strings of letters and numbers that some speculated could be a password:
That both tweets (which were quickly deleted) were eight characters long, a somewhat standard password length (though Twitter’s minimum is six) helped fuel the speculation. Other theories included that it was a two factor authentication code or that it was a pocket/butt tweet. Regardless, it generated some interest in the security of the most powerful Twitter accounts in the world. Both CNN and The Intercept
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It didn’t take long for there to be a little bit of controversy when Donald Trump’s administration took over the @POTUS Twitter account. As in it was immediate. Initially, the Twitter page (archived here) had a photo of a presidential inauguration as its background image. The problem was that it was from Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. an archive of the page from before noon Friday shows, the Obama administration was not using that photo as its background image. After the photo choice started to get attention on social media, the background image was changed to a generic on of the American flag. Trump is still maintaining his personal account, @realDonaldTrump. The Obama administration tweets were moved to a new Continue reading "Trump’s New Twitter Account Used a Photo from Obama’s Inauguration"