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Can the President Be Banned from Twitter? WHBC Interviews Professor Roy Gutterman

Posted on Tuesday 11/12/2019
Roy Gutterman

Can the President Be Banned from Twitter?

(WHBC Canton, OH) Jack Dorsey announced he will ban political ads on his Twitter platform because he said “A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people,” the tech mogul wrote on Twitter. “We believe this decision should not be compromised by money.”  

The decision is based on growing concern that tech platforms could spread misinformation or depress voter turnout. Though Twitter only gets about $3 million in revenue for ads, they say the move had nothing to do with money, but rather principles.  

But is this move constitutional? Is it even operating from a place of fairness, to candidates and the President? 

Director of the Syracuse University Newhouse School’s Tully Center for Free Speech and an expert on communications law and the First Amendment,  Roy Gutterman,  spoke to WHBC’s Gary Rivers about the possibility ...

Listen to the interview.