Jul 21, 2024

Trump files suit to force Twitter to reinstate his account


Earlier this year, former US President, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was “permanently suspended, due to his racist content, misinformation, and tweets inciting and encouraging violence after the Capitol insurrection.

Despite having received few warnings from Twitter, Donald Trump continued violating the terms of the platform regardless, this led to the company permanently suspending his account on January 8, before the end of his presidency. Back in July, Trump sued Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, for the immediate reinstatement of his account, arguing his speech was being unfairly censored.

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in response to the matter at hand, noting that the law potentially violated the free speech rights of private companies which have their terms of service and standards for hosting content.

Two months down the line, Donald Trump is back at it again, the former president has filed suit in Florida seeking a preliminary injunction of the ban, he has asked a federal judge to restore his Twitter account, arguing that the ban violates his First Amendment rights, this is according to a court document filed on Friday.

“Defendant exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate,” Trump’s attorneys write about Twitter.

Trump’s lawyers allege Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration have pressurized the social media company to keep Trump’s account expelled, following his comments about unsubstantiated election fraud and misinformation on Covid-19, Twitter is still to respond in court.

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