West Side Market blocks vendor on Twitter following critical tweets

Kate’s Fish tweeted about being blocked, despite being a West Side Market vendor.
Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 10:44 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A long-time West Side Market vendor has apparently been blocked by the market on Twitter and a local professor suggests it could be a First Amendment violation.

“The WSM doesn’t support or champion its vendors, it doesn’t recognize or celebrate success. We are on our own, truly. I can’t wait to help the new administration transition this public market out of the dark ages,” Kate’s Fish’s since-deleted tweet read on Oct. 3.

The tweet was accompanied by a photo showing the West Side Market had blocked the account.

Kate's Fish was blocked by the West Side Market on twitter.
Kate's Fish was blocked by the West Side Market on twitter.(WOIO)

“We are proud to do business at the city of Cleveland’s West Side Market, a nationally recognized cultural and historic institution,” Kate’s Fish said.

19 News reached out to the city of Cleveland for comment and has yet to hear back.

Leading up to being blocked on Twitter, Kate’s Fish had tweeted critical comments about the market.

Most of the comments were complaining about the current infrastructure.

Mayoral candidate Justin Bibb reached out to Kate’s Fish on Twitter, disagreeing with the account being blocked.

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