Monday, October 18, 2021

Trump seeks court order to restore banned Twitter account

October 2 (WNN) — Former President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to return its account that was suspended following the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol.

Trump’s lawyers on Friday filed for an injunction against social media giant and CEO Jack Dorsey, a violation of the former president’s First Amendment protections.

“The defendant exercises power and control over political discourse in this country to a degree that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and deeply dangerous to open democratic debate,” the filing reads.

The filing argues that Democrats forced Twitter to remove Trump from the platform that serves as a vital means of disseminating news and information. It pointed to previous court rulings that called the Internet a “modern public square.”

The legal action is the latest in a lawsuit Trump launched in July against social media companies that removed them from their platforms. The complaint pointed to previous comments by prominent congressional Democrats calling for Trump to be suspended from Twitter for making misleading and inflammatory remarks.

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Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account days after the deadly uprising in the US Capitol, citing “the risk of further inciting violence”. Trump has also been banned from Facebook.

The most recent legal filing pointed to recent statements by President Joe Biden and other administration officials criticizing social media for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. The filing argued that Twitter was working with the White House to change its platform to a “Ministry of Truth”, a reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel. nineteen Eighty Four.

The filing also said that Twitter applied its standards selectively, pointing out that the Taliban account is still active on the platform.

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