Saturday, October 23, 2021

Trump asks judge to force him to restore his account on Twitter

Former President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in a civil lawsuit filed in Florida on Friday to force Twitter to reinstate his account.

Trump, along with several other plaintiffs, say the ban on his account by Twitter violated the First Amendment and possibly Florida’s newly-enacted Stop Social Media Censorship Act.

The former president filed a request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing that the social media company was “forced” by members of the US Congress to suspend his account had gone. He then suggested that the ban on his account by Twitter should be treated as a government action for First Amendment purposes because it “results in the exercise of the ‘coercive power’ of the state.”

“Twitter exercises power and control over political discourse in this country to a degree that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented and extremely dangerous to open democratic debate,” Trump’s lawyers said in the filing (PDF).

The Epoch Times has reached out to Twitter for comment.

Trump’s lawyers, citing constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz, said the ban would affect the 2022 election if Trump’s account is not reinstated.

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“Plaintiffs face the loss of their donor and trading platforms, and their ability to communicate their views, content and support of local candidates,” read the filing.

Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from his services after the US Capitol breach on January 6.

Before being blocked, Trump had over 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone.

At the time of permanently deleting Trump’s account, Twitter said that his tweets violated the platform’s policy except to “glorify violence.”

However, Trump argued in the court filing that Twitter allowed the Taliban to regularly tweet about their military victories in Afghanistan, but labeled their tweets as “misleading information” during his presidency. Censored them.

In July, Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google, as well as their CEOs, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.

Reuters contributed to the report.

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Alan Zhong is a longtime writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is on American politics.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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