Politics Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ’sincerely’ apologizes for blocking ex-Brooklyn politician on Twitter, settles federal lawsuit

19:30  04 november  2019
19:30  04 november  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who accused the I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind." The lawmaker, who has 5.7 million Twitter followers, previously defended her decision to block about 20

The congresswoman faced a lawsuit from a former Brooklyn politician who said her actions were The apology was made as part of a settlement agreement in the lawsuit , which was filed by Mr Ms. Ocasio - Cortez has 5.7 million followers on that Twitter account, as well as 4 million followers on

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday settled a lawsuit accusing her of violating the Constitution by blocking former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Twitter, saying her heat of the moment social media decision was “wrong and improper.”

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Ocasio-Cortez, who was due to testify in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday as part of the high-profile lawsuit, issued a statement saying she had “reconsidered” the Twitter block.

“Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them,” the Queens-Bronx congresswoman said. “In retrospect, it was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish. I sincerely apologize for blocking Mr. Hikind.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is being sued for blocking a former Democratic New York state assemblyman on Twitter who is citing a similar court case against President Donald Trump.

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The settlement means Ocasio-Cortez won’t have to take the stand Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez blocked Hikind on Twitter over the summer after he harshly criticized her for calling the Trump administration’s migrant detention centers “concentration camps.”

Hikind subsequently sued Ocasio-Cortez, saying she had violated his First Amendment rights by blocking him. Hikind’s lawsuit cited a recent federal appeals court decision finding that President Trump had violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter.

Hikind was ecstatic after Ocasio-Cortez settled his lawsuit.

“It’s pretty incredible. She’s apologizing,” Hikind told the Daily News. “This might be the first time that she actually says, ‘I was wrong.’ It’s great. It’s a great victory for First Amendment rights.”

Hikind confirmed Ocasio-Cortez had already unblocked him on Twitter.

Despite apologizing, Ocasio-Cortez made it a point in her statement to affirm she believes she has the right to block people on social media.

“I reserve the right to block users who engage in actual harassment or exploit my personal/campaign account, @AOC, for commercial or other improper purposes,” she said.

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