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    Not only do I think it blocks people’s right to free speech, but as Mr. Mullane said, it prevents the public from seeing important messages put forth by our elected officials. Those who are blocked can’t see the content being tweeted by our government. Some tweets by President Trump release important information the public has a right to know. Twitter, and all social media for that matter, is now used as a public forum. Rather than going through the media to send messages or tell stories, people, businesses and politicians are going straight to the people through their social media platforms. For this reason, it is important to prevent public officials from blocking critics on social media because it is part of their job to be in the public eye and for the public to have access to important information.

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      Hi Kylie,
      Thanks for commenting, if you have any illustrative examples of this, would you like to add them to the story?


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    I was blocked on Twitter by Scott Morrison in February 2016 after I mocked his speech to the National Press Club.

    Now he is the Prime Minister of Australia and I want to see what my nation’s leader is saying.

    Australia’s free speech laws have hardly been tested and fall very short of the entrenched rights offered by the USA, but I still feel that a position of such importance as the Prime Minister should not be allowed to deny citizen access.

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      Thanks for valuable addition to the story, Colin.

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    I have always found this concept interesting because, at its heart, Twitter is still a business. At the end of the day, users are subject to the platform’s rules. So, is the platform subject to the first amendment in the same way a private citizen is? Or do users give up certain first amendment rights by agreeing to use the service? If the powers that be at Twitter decide that certain speech is bad for business, do they reserve the right as a business to remove or disincentivize that speech? When it comes to social media, this seems to be as much a business rights issue as a free speech issue.

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      Good questions, Emily, and the point about this being a service that is used by people who accept terms takes argument in another direction. Feel free to add such questions to the story text.

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