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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has unblocked critics on his Twitter account and agreed not to take such action again after reaching an agreement in a First Amendment lawsuit filed against him.

Of note: The agreement, filed in Austin on Friday but announced Monday, follows similar First Amendment cases against former President Trump and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Driving the news: Paxton agreed in the filing not to block users from his personal Twitter account, @KenPaxtonTX, "based on First Amendment-protected viewpoints expressed."

  • Paxton unblocked the nine plaintiffs named in the suit last May, after it was filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the Texas Tribune notes.
  • Friday's filing shows he's no longer blocking any accounts.

What they're saying: Kate Huddleston, attorney for the ACLU of Texas said in a statement that the agreement marked "an important victory for Texans' First Amendment rights."

  • Katie Fallow, senior counsel at the Knight First Amendment Institute, added that multiple courts" have recognized that government officials who use their social media accounts for official purposes violate the First Amendment if they block people from those accounts on the basis of viewpoint."
  • Representatives for Paxton did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Go deeper: Trump's unexpected 1st Amendment legacy

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Updated Oct 1, 2021 - World

Taliban: Twitter account claiming to be university chancellor was fake

Female students, some with Taliban flags, at a university in Kabul earlier this month. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

Editor's note: A previous version of this story was based on statements from a Twitter account claiming to be chancellor Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat. The headline and the bulk of the story have been corrected and updated after the Taliban told Axios that the account was not from Ghairat.

The Taliban told Axios Friday that a Twitter account claiming to be Kabul University's newly appointed chancellor Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat is "fake" following outrage over tweets from the account that said women will be barred from the university for work and study.

What they're saying: "[T]he account [belonging] to the university chancellor, it is [a] fake account," Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told Axios via WhatsApp. "Women have right of access to education and work while observing hijab. Work is underway to formulate a mechanism in this regard."

Kate Marino, author of Markets
53 mins ago - Economy & Business

Omicron outbreaks were bad for business in January

Data: New York Federal Reserve Bank; Chart: Axios Visuals

Emerging anecdotal evidence shows just how hard the recent rise in COVID-19 cases hit businesses in early January — but that hasn't hurt some business leaders’ longer-term views on their companies' prospects.

Why it matters: Increasingly, the economic recovery has come in fits and starts that move in tandem with new peaks in cases. Look no further than the thousands of cancelled flights and shuttered Broadway theaters in the wake of the Omicron variant's spread over the last few months.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
1 hour ago - Health

The shifting definition of fully vaccinated

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The definition of what it means to be "fully vaccinated" is evolving even as the CDC has remained careful not to officially change it.

Why it matters: CDC officials have been balancing the job of convincing Americans who've already gotten two doses of the importance of boosters with getting many Americans who still need their first doses to get their shots at all.