Trump challenges court ruling barring him from blocking Twitter users

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FILE PHOTO: The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account with a message about OPEC policy is seen on April 20, 2018. @realDonaldTrump/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is challenging a federal appeals court decision that ruled he violated the U.S. Constitution by blocking people whose views he disliked from his Twitter account.

In court papers filed late Friday by the U.S. Justice Department, Trump sought a rehearing by the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals calling the 3-0 decision “fundamentally misconceived.” Trump has more than 63 million followers on Twitter and often uses his account to make significant announcements.

Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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