JK Rowling works her magic after Donald Trump blocks Stephen King on Twitter

Harry Potter author steps in after thriller writer becomes the latest to be #blockedbytrump

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JK Rowling has come to the rescue of fellow author Stephen King after Donald Trump reportedly blocked the Carrie author from his Twitter feed.

On Tuesday, King, 69, tweeted he could no longer follow the US President on the social network site.

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Trump apparently took action after a tweet about his daughter, Ivanka:

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However, no sooner had news of the blocking gone out, than Harry Potter novelist Rowling stepped in and offered to keep King informed of the President's tweets.

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King has long been an active critic of Trump. Last September, during a Facebook Live interview with Ron Charles, editor of the Washington Post’s Book World, the author said a Trump presidency "scares me more than anything else".

He added: "I'm terrified that he’ll become president."

Once his fears were realised, King began critiquing and mocking Trump on Twitter.

After the President accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping him, the author wrote:

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King isn't the only critic Trump has blocked. According to Heavy, he has stopped the likes of progressive military veterans advocacy group @VoteVets and Forbes journalist Rob Szcerba, who took part in the #cofveve memes, from viewing his posts.

Indeed, the President's habit of blacklisting critics is so common that blockees proudly share the hashtag #blockedbytrump.

However, questions have been raised over whether his actions are constitutional or not.

USA Today reports that non-profit group Knight First Amendment Institute has called on Trump to unblock users or face legal action.

It argues that the President's Twitter account "operates as a 'designated public forum' for First Amendment purposes" and accordingly it is unconstitutional to block users for their views.

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