Veterans Affairs faces complaint after blocking Navy veteran on Twitter

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Over the past couple of years, courts have ruled that politicians like Donald Trump can’t block people for yelling at them on Twitter or Facebook. But thin-skinned elected officials aren’t the only government figures on social media, and experts have wondered how these rulings will affect official agencies’ accounts, which are increasingly used to communicate with the public. Now, a Twitter fight involving the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows what the adherence to the rulings looks like in practice — and how it’s raised the stakes for government social media accounts.

Yesterday, the official Veterans Benefits Twitter account retweeted a Veterans Day post by former White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka — who has been a…

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