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    Judge recommends President Trump mute instead of block Twitter users

    President Trump held a meeting at the White House Thursday.
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    President Trump held a meeting at the White House Thursday.

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge is recommending that President Donald Trump mute rather than block some Twitter followers to resolve a First Amendment lawsuit.

    Manhattan federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on Thursday suggested a settlement as the preferred outcome after listening to lawyers argue whether it’s constitutional for Trump to block his critics.

    The hearing stemmed from a lawsuit filed in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven people rejected by Trump after criticizing the Republican president.

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    The government says Trump’s Twitter feed is a personal account and not a public forum requiring him to welcome all voices.

    Buchwald told lawyers they run the risk of establishing new law that they might not like if they resist a settlement. Otherwise, she’ll rule soon.