Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has built a national profile through social media – but not everyone can see it.
“The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees,” the court ruled.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her vocal support of Democratic socialism have become a lightning rod for rightwing politicians and pundits, online and beyond. Most recently she was attacked for her characterization of border facilities as “concentration camps”.
She often replies to critics publicly on her personal Twitter account, including in July 2018 when she had some choice words for the conservative pundit John Cardillo who mischaracterized her upbringing in a viral tweet.
Other public officials have also come under fire for blocking Twitter users. Ken Klippenstein, a reporter with the Young Turks, was recently blocked by Iowa representative Steve King after he tricked the politician into retweeting a movie screenshot as a joke, to much derision online.
You say you're against socialism, and yet you were just publicly owned. pic.twitter.com/JjFLGXPfgk
Angela Greben, a blogger based in San Jose, California, has filed a number of public records requests to reveal which California politicians have blocked online accounts.