Twitter troubles: Boise district unblocks blocked accounts

The Boise School District unblocked more than 30 people from its public Twitter account — after a complaint from one Twitter user and a public records request.

Don Day of wrote about the Twitter troubles, and filed a public records request to find out exactly who had been blocked.

The list was, to say the least, eclectic.

It included several local Twitter users, Boise State University football player Shane Williams-Rhodes, CBS late-night host James Corden and, evidently, at least one district employee.

The accounts have since been unblocked, the district said Wednesday afternoon … in a tweet.

As Day notes, the blockages are an apparent First Amendment violation. A federal appeals court said President Trump could not block users from Twitter. Several users sued U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the same issue.

Blocked users cannot see tweets from a Twitter account. The district uses its account to tweet out stories and updates — as it did this week, as trustees debated how to start the 2020-21 school year.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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